Police have arrested two men who were allegedly involved in a pedestrian-related car accident that left a woman seriously injured. An intoxicated driver reportedly caused the crash, which occurred on March 7 in Binghamton.
Authorities report that the accident took place around 10 p.m. when a 22-year-old Johnson City man driving on Court Street Bridge suddenly swerved from the roadway and into a group of people who were on the sidewalk, pinning one of them to the bridge's railing. Officers from the Binghamton Police Department who responded to the scene said that the trapped pedestrian suffered severe injuries to one of her legs. Once she was freed, an ambulance transported her to a local hospital where a portion of her leg had to be amputated.
The driver was taken into police custody and faces DWI charges. A 25-year Binghamton man who was a passenger in the car was also arrested and charged with assault in the first degree for his part in the crash. According to the report, right before the crash the passenger purportedly grabbed the vehicle's steering wheel and violently turned it. He was subsequently placed in city detention while awaiting his arraignment.
In drunk driving car accidents, pedestrians are extremely vulnerable to serious injuries that could quickly turn fatal. A trauma to the head, organs or spinal cord could result in a person suffering a permanent injury. An attorney can determine if a victim of a pedestrian crash should pursue any accident-related damages through a personal injury lawsuit. By using information derived from the police investigation as well as witness accounts, the victim may be able to recover damages including medical expenses.
Source: WBNG, "Second arrest made in Court Street bridge pedestrian accident", Rebecca Bowyer, 03/26/2015