A high-speed crash on a major New York highway claimed the lives of three people and left as many as 11 others injured during the early morning hours of Aug. 31. The multi-vehicle accident took place on the eastbound lanes of the Long Island Expressway in Queens at approximately 4:20 a.m. Police diverted eastbound traffic for more than four hours as paramedics, firefighters and accident investigators went about their work, and delays soon stretched from Maurice Avenue to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

According to the NYPD, excessive speed was likely the cause of the fatal crash. Officers say that a 25-year-old Oakdale Gardens man was speeding when he lost control of his Infiniti in the vicinity of Maurice Avenue. The Infiniti struck a guardrail before its driver was able to regain control, and the force of the impact split the sedan into two pieces. The driver and two of his four passengers were ejected and died at the scene.

The Infiniti’s other two passengers were transported to a nearby hospital. One of the injured passengers was reported to be in critical condition. Several other road users were injured shortly after the initial crash when a dump truck struck a group of five vehicles that had stopped ahead of the accident scene. None of the later injuries were considered serious by rescue workers.

Speeding, intoxicated, fatigued and distracted drivers often lose their lives in the accidents they cause. When the negligent individual responsible for causing an auto accident is killed, personal injury attorneys may pursue compensation for their victims by filing lawsuits against their estate.

Source: CBS New York, 3 Dead, Others Injured After Multi-Vehicle Crash On LIE In Queens, Glenn Schuck and Marla Diamond, Aug. 31, 2016