November 30, 2010 – Bronx, NY – According to a report from Eyewitness News New York, a Bronx fatal wrong way crash on Saturday, November 20, claimed the life of a New Jersey man. Pablo Ovalles, 26, of Roslindale, Mass., was behind the wheel of his Cadillac Escalade when the fatal wrong way crash happened at 3:47 a.m. Ovalles was driving north in the south lane on the Major Deegan Expressway when he plowed into an Infiniti, police said. Patrick Smith, 42, of Hackensack, N.J., was driving on the Major Deegan Expressway going south when Ovalles’ Escalade collided with his Infiniti. Smith was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Ovalles was taken by ambulance to Lincoln Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. Police in the Bronx have arrested Ovalles. He is being charged with vehicular manslaughter, along with driving while intoxicated. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, there were 1,156 fatalities as a result of traffic accidents in the state of New York.
To help raise awareness of traffic safety in the New York area, our firm will frequently publish blogs about traffic accidents that occur throughout the 5 boroughs and beyond. We do this to raise awareness about the common types of motor vehicle accidents that occur in New York that may result in serious injury or traffic fatalities.
The most common types of traffic accidents in New York include:
- accidents caused by hazardous road conditions;
- single-vehicle crashes;
- rollover accidents; and
- “distracted driver” accidents or crashes caused by intoxicated drivers.
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