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09 April 2018

BUFFALO: Susan Lotempio Killed In Police Car Accident While Walking By Hertel Avenue and Tennyson Avenue

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BUFFALO: Susan Lotempio Killed In Police Car Accident While Walking By Hertel Avenue and Tennyson Avenue

Susan Lotempio Died In Car Accident After Being Hit By Police Cruiser Responding To An Emergency

BUFFALO, NEW YORK (March 8, 2018) – A woman in her 60’s was tragically killed after she was hit by a police cruiser that was responding to an emergency.

Buffalo police have been able to identify the woman that died in the accident as Susan Lotempio. Police are saying that the crash took place as the victim was walking near Hertel Avenue and Tennyson Avenue.

An investigation into the fatal accident that killed Susan Lotempio remains ongoing at this time. It is not known whether the responding officer had his lights and sirens on at the time of the crash.

LIABILITY IN POLICE CAR ACCIDENTS

New York police officers and other emergency vehicles have qualified immunity from most lawsuits if they are involved in an accident during an emergency call. They do need to alert drivers and pedestrians with their their lights and sirens. However, police are still required to take the safety of other drivers and pedestrians into consideration and are not allowed to driver with a reckless disregard for safety. If a police officer is responding to an emergency situation without lights and sirens and causes an accident, they may have civil liability.

Our staff at Lipsig Lawyers were deeply concerned to read about the tragic police car accident that killed Susan Lotempio. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims family as they are going through such an incredibly difficult time. There needs to be a through investigation into the conduct of the police officer involved in the crash. An emergency call is not a license to drive with reckless disregard for the safety of pedestrians.

If someone that you love has been killed or injured in an accident involving a police vehicle you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. Whether you’re looking for answers after an accident, need a police report or just have questions about your rights, you’re always welcome to reach out to us if you need assistance (646) 846-4496.