Karen Borkowski Died In Car Accident Involving Off Duty Police Officer As She Was Walking To CVS From Ocean Boulevard
LONG BRANCH, NEW JERSEY (April 8, 2018) – A woman was hit and killed in a car accident involving an off duty police officer as she was attempting to cross Ocean Boulevard.
Long Branch authorities have been able to identify the woman that died as Karen Borkowski. Prosecutors are saying that the off duty police officer that hit the victim had a blood alcohol level of 0.08 at the time of the accident.
Karen Borkowski and her husband Ed Borkowski were staying at a hotel in order to attend a nearby church conference. The victim was attempting to cross the street in order to buy items from CVS.
The officer pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter.
LIABILITY IN ACCIDENTS INVOLVING OFF DUTY POLICE OFFICERS
Generally speaking, police departments are responsible for the conduct of their officers when they are acting within the course and scope of their employment. When a police officer is negligent and causes an accident, the police department may be vicariously liable. When an officer is off duty, they may be personally liable for an accident, but the police department they work for typically wont be. However, there are certain situations which may impose vicarious liability for accidents involving intoxicated off duty police officers. For example, there have been a number of civil cases in New York involving off duty police officers who have caused accidents. Some courts have found police departments liable for failing to properly deal with alcoholism within their ranks.
Our staff at Lipsig Lawyers were deeply saddened to learn about the tragic car accident that killed Karen Borkowski. We extend our thoughts and prayers with her family as they continue to grieve such an incredible loss. There needs to be justice and accountability for this accident. And though nothing can be done to reverse what has happened, steps can be taken to prevent similar accidents. Police departments in New Jersey need to take action to correct alcohol abuse in their ranks. This is an open secret and has been a problem for decades. Police officers that cannot handle alcohol responsible are unfit to protect and serve our communities.
If you or someone that you love has been injured due to the negligence of an off duty police officer 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 help (646) 846-4496.