40-year-old David Small was arrested on Monday after allegedly driving drunk and causing a multi-vehicle accident involving two cars, a box truck, a bicyclist, and a pedestrian at the intersection of the East-West Arterial and Hamilton Street.
According to investigators, Small was intoxicated and driving westbound on the Arterial when he crashed into two cars stopped at the intersection with Hamilton Street. He then allegedly continued driving through the red light and hit a box truck in the intersection, then continued and struck a bicyclist and a pedestrian in the crosswalk.
The pedestrian suffered serious injuries that are considered potentially life-threatening. All of the vehicles involved with the crash were left with “extensive damage”, according to the police.
Small was arrested following an interview and investigation after the crash. He faces charges of felony vehicular assault and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.
An investigation into this crash is ongoing. Witnesses and others with information regarding this crash have been encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau at (845) 486-3820.
Hi, I’m attorney Laurence Banville. At Banville Law, our personal injury lawyers represent drunk driving injury victims and the families of those killed by drunk drivers. Here is some general information about the legal options available to these victims and families in the state of New York:
Regardless of which state you’re in, if you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, you likely have a case for a personal injury lawsuit against that driver. However, in New York and many other states, your legal options don’t always end here. Depending on the circumstances of the crash, you may also have grounds for a lawsuit against an alcohol vendor, such as a bar or nightclub, that served the driver prior to the crash.
These lawsuits against alcohol vendors are known as “dram shop” claims. According to New York state law, you may have grounds for a dram shop claim against a party who provided alcohol to the drunk driver if the driver was either:
Each drunk driving injury case is unique. In order to gain a better understanding of your legal options after being hit by a drunk driver in New York, we advise discussing your case with an experienced drunk driving injury lawyer.