New York law requires those involved in an accident to share their information, including names and insurance information. If people are injured, the police should be contacted and involved parties should wait for an accident report. Appropriate rescue personnel should also be contacted to provide treatment for injuries.
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Failure to take these steps can result in criminal charges being filed, particularly in crashes where personal injury is involved. Leaving the scene of an accident with injuries is a class B misdemeanor. A serious injury can elevate the crime to an E felony, which can result in a sentence of up to four years in state prison.
The Daily Voice reports that a 21-year-old has been seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash in Westchester.
The crash occurred at about 9:40 a.m. on Wednesday along Route 52 in Carmel.
According to several witnesses, 55-year-old Nicholas Signorelli was driving a black Cadillac and passing vehicles in a no-passing zone as he raced southbound.
While attempting to pass a Honda Civic, Signorelli slammed into the vehicle that was being driven by 23-year-old Jacob Shikarides. The vehicle overturned at least seven times before it came to rest at the gas pumps of a Sunoco station at the intersection with Dykeman Road.
Signorelli did not stop at the scene and sped off on Route 52.
Shikrarides was airlifted with serious injuries to Westchester Medical Center.
Police were able to locate Signorelli about an hour following the crash. He was arrested and is facing charges of vehicular assault, reckless driving, and leaving the scene of an accident.