Albany drivers know that before passing another vehicle on the road, there must be no oncoming traffic that could make passing dangerous. Unfortunately, two sets of drivers in northern New York seem to have failed to follow this simple rule when they passed two eastbound vehicles on Route 3 near Watertown, New York. Sadly, that careless driving caused a serious motor vehicle accident that has left one woman dead and severely injured her husband.
It is unknown if the 27-year-old woman was the driver or the passenger in this fatal head-on collision. It appears that the woman died at the scene of the accident while her husband was rushed to Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown. Now, he is struggling to recover after he was admitted in critical condition. As of yet, physicians have not released any information about his injuries or whether they expect him to survive this accident.
State police are continuing to investigate the crash, but they believe that the crash occurred when the driver of an eastbound vehicle attempted to pass two other cars travelling in the same direction. The eastbound car moved into the westbound lane to move around the slower vehicles, but instead crashed into the woman and her husband. It is unknown why the driver of the passing vehicle did not check to make sure the road was clear before he or she started to move into oncoming traffic.
There is no excuse for unsafe or illegal driving in New York. Drivers have to know how to operate their vehicles safely in order to become licensed, meaning that they can and should be held responsible when their poor driving results in a deadly crash.
Source: The Wall Street Journal, "1 killed, 4 injured in 2-car crash in northern NY," March 19, 2012