In New York, an accident that causes injury to another person is not necessarily charged as a crime. The at-fault driver may face citations for the traffic codes that they violated; however, these are not classified as crimes. However, if the driver is intoxicated or is committing another crime, such as fleeing from police or driving recklessly at the time of the accident, New York prosecutors may charge the person with Vehicular Assault. This typically only occurs if the victim suffered from serious injuries in the crash. In the case of a victim being killed in the accident, the driver may be charged with Vehicular Manslaughter.
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U.S. News reports that a New York woman has been charged in a New Jersey crash that left an officer critically injured.
27-year-old Amandeep Tiwana of Flushing, Queens, has been charged with assault by auto on Wednesday.
The charges stem from a chain-reaction accident that occurred in New Jersey and critically injured a police officer. The collision occurred at about 1 a.m. on Tuesday on Route 139 in Jersey City.
Tiwana was allegedly speeding when she approached an accident scene on eastbound Route 139. She struck a road divider and then her vehicle hit a police cruiser that was assisting with the previous accident scene. The vehicle also hit officer Peter Siano, III.
Siano is an officer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police. He remains in critical condition following the accident.
Tiwana and two Jersey City police officers were treated for minor injuries.