Friedman, Hirschen & Miller, LLP

A fatal collision recently occurred on the New York State Thruway I-87. According to a preliminary investigation, an off-duty New York Police Department officer was driving south in the northbound lanes. The officer was involved in a head-on collision, and both he and the driver of the second vehicle were killed in the accident.

Just before 7 a.m., the off-duty officer began heading the wrong way on the interstate. The reason for his behavior is unknown at this time, but an autopsy and toxicology report are expected to be performed. However, investigators searched the officer's vehicle, and they reportedly found no indication within the vehicle that would suggest that he may have been drinking and driving. Speed may also have been a factor in the crash, but the investigation is still underway.

The officer appears to have hit the second vehicle directly head-on as he was driving the wrong way. The impact was so severe that both drivers passed away before the emergency responders arrived. The drivers were the only occupants in each of the vehicles, and the two vehicles were the only ones involved in the crash.

This tragic head-on collision incurs many questions, but hopefully those questions will be answered in the investigation. In the meantime, while both of the deceased's families are surely grieving over their loss, the family of the driver of the second vehicle may want to pursue legal action. In New York cases such as this one, the family of the driver of the second vehicle can pursue a wrongful death suit against the officer's estate for his role in the loss of their loved one.

Source: The Rockland County Times, "Two Rockland men, including an off-duty NYPD officer, killed in I-87 collision", Michael Riconda, Aug. 12, 2014