When an Hispanic male is found dead from a severe chest trauma, Detectives Briscoe and Green discover that he and two other illegal immigrants had been in a staged automobile accident. As evidence mounts linking numerous similar car crashes with the same employer, chiropractor, insurance adjuster, and lawyers, A.D.A.s McCoy and Carmichael must determine who is ultimately responsible for the man's death, from which so many others profited.
Did You Know?
Detective Green states "it's not against the law to drive while using a cell phone" to which Detective Briscoe replies "not yet anyways." This episode was actually filmed while the New York state senate was considering the nation's first proposed legislation limiting cell phone use while driving. The first law was passed in June of 2001 and made it illegal to compose a text message and imposed a ban on hand-held cell phone use while driving, though this legislation did little to curb the rising trend of accidents caused by distracted driving. In fact 10 years after that first legislation the number of traffic accidents caused by distracted driving grew to be greater than those caused by drunk driving. To that end New York state passed stricter laws regarding the use of any electronic device while driving, the previous law only covered cell phone use. The amended legislation took effect on July 12, 2011 and banned the use of any and all hand-held electronic devices while driving, including but not limited to: composing, sending, reading, browsing, transmitting e-mails or text messages, viewing or transmitting images, as well as playing games. Drivers are only allowed to use an electronic device if it is attached to the vehicles dashboard or other surface and is voice operated, or if it has a hands free accessory. Drivers are prohibited from talking on a hand-held phone while their vehicles are in motion, if you violate this law you can receive a ticket from $50 to $450, depending on the number of violations you have committed. As of June, 2013 each violation of the distracted driver law carries five driver violation points, receiving 11 points within an 18-month period will result in a suspension of a driver's license. See more
Intentionally causing minor vehicle collisions (fender benders) doesn't constitute creating a situation that causes a grave risk of death, so charging those involved with depraved indifference homicide (second degree murder) in this case would not be appropriate as ADA Carmichael suggests. However staging minor vehicle collisions does show a reckless disregard for the safety and well-being of the passengers in the cars involved in the staged "accidents", the appropriate charge for an accidental death caused by an action that constitutes reckless endangerment is manslaughter in the second degree. See more