Damita Mathis Killed In Wrong Way Car Accident, Uvette Frasier and Mahendra Danrajh Seriously Injured in Head-On Crash In Scarsdale on Hutchinson River Parkway
SCARSDALE, NEW YORK (December 22, 2017) – One person was killed and two other people were critically injured injured after a wrong way car accident on the Hutchinson River Parkway near a Mobile Gas Station.
Scarsdale authorities have been able to identify the driver that died after entering the wrong way on Hutchinson River Parkway as Damita Mathis and passenger that was injured as Uvette Frasier.
Police are saying that Damita Mathis entered into a Mobil Gas Station that had access to both directions of the freeway.
For reasons that are still under investigation, Damita Mathis and Uvette Frasier entered the wrong way on the Northern lanes of the Hutchinson River Parkway before crashing head on with another car.
The driver of that car Mahendra Danrajh, 29, sustained serious injuries from the head-on car accident and had to be transported to the hospital.
Tragically, Damita Mathis was pronounced dead at the scene. Uvette Frasier was able to survive the fatal wrong way accident with major injuries. Scarsdale police have ruled out drugs or alcohol as contributing factors. The accident remains under investigation, but there are a number of things that police should definitely look into.
1.) Why do drivers have access to both entrances from one gas station? This tragedy may have easily been preventable if a physical barrier was separating the two sides.
2.) Why has the city allowed foliage to grow dangerously around two “DO NOT ENTER SIGNS?” There is a 15 foot bush blocking one sign and large tree branches blocking the other side leading to the North entrance.
A.) Overgrown Foliage Covering Do Not Enter Sign –> goo.gl/hF5XkE
B.) Overgrown Foliage Covering Do Not Enter Sign –> goo.gl/3qyzgw
LIABILITY IN CAR ACCIDENTS WHERE THERE IS A DANGEROUS CONDITION ON A PUBLIC PROPERTY
Generally speaking, cities have a responsibility to create and maintain roads that are reasonably safe for drivers and pedestrians. When a city fails to create or maintain a road that is reasonably safe, they may be held liable in the event of an accident. A stretch of road might be dangerous for numerous reasons. (1) Poor lighting, (2) signs covered by foliage and (3) inadequate safety barriers can all contribute to deadly accidents. Any victim involved in a crash on a dangerous road, may be able to file a claim against the city for damages and medical bills.
Our staff at Lipsig Lawyers were deeply saddened to learn about the horrific wrong way collision on Hutchinson River Parkway that killed Damita Mathis and left Uvette Frasier and Mahendra Danrajh seriously injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those that have been affected. We sincerely hope that steps will be taken to prevent additional accidents like this in the future. A barrier erected between the two sides may very well have prevented this from happening.
If you or someone that you love has been injured in a wrong way accident caused by a dangerous condition on public property, you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced New York personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to hire an attorney, you’re always welcome to reach out to us if you need help (646) 846-4496.