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Driver Leaves Injured Passengers in Car After Fatal Multi-vehicle Crash

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According to WABC, a driver left four passengers in his car, one fatally injured, after causing a chain-reaction car crash in Bronx, New York, on Thursday night.

Details of Fatal Car Wreck

Five people in a Toyota car were driving south on Boston Road at around 9:00 p.m. local time when the fatal accident occurred. The car suddenly crossed into northbound traffic, crashing head-on into a minivan near Wallace Avenue. The impact of the collision sent both vehicles caroming into a parked SUV.

WABC reports that 21-year-old Christopher Hulse, a passenger in the backseat of the Toyota, was taken to Jacobi Medical Center where he would succumb to his injuries. Three other passengers in the car required mechanical extrication from emergency crews. They were transported to a hospital in critical condition, but their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Following the collision, the driver of the Toyota fled the scene on foot, reports WABC. The 21-year-old driver was later found at Jacobi Medical Center, receiving treatment from the car wreck. The man was arrested on Friday morning and is being held on suspicion of drunk driving. According to WABC, the man could be facing additional charges.

The driver of the minivan was also taken to Jacobi Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, reports WABC.

Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 35,092 people died in motor vehicle wrecks on U.S. roadways in 2015, an increase of 7.2 percent from 2014.
  • An estimated 2.44 million people suffered injuries in motor vehicle accidents in 2015.
    • 105,000 more people sustained injuries in crashes in 2015 compared to 2014.
  • Fatal multiple-vehicle crashes increased by 11.2 percent from 2014.

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