Nassau County Police Officer Willard Gomes Seriously Injured In Head-On Car Accident With Drunk Driver While Enforcing DWI Laws On New Years Eve In Greenvale By Glen Cove Road
GREENVALE, NEW YORK (January 2, 2018) – A police officer was seriously injured after a head-on car accident with an intoxicated driver while he was conducting DWI patrol during New Year’s Eve by Glen Cove Road.
Greenvale authorities have been able to identify the police officer that was injured in the car collision as Willard Gomes.
Willard Gomes has been a member of the Nassau County Police Department for 12 years and sustained a serious head injury, broken vertebrae in his neck, a broken left arm, a broken leg, broken teeth, cracked ribs, a lung contusion as well as other facial injuries.
Police Officer Willard Gomes was driving north on Glen Cove Road in Greenvale when a man driving a 2014 Dodge Pickup crossed the double yellow line and crashed into his unmarked patrol car head-on.
An off-duty NYPD officer assisted the victim before paramedics rushed him to the hospital following the head-on accident.
The intoxicated driver has been charged with DWI and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Prosecutors are saying that the arrested driver had wine and whiskey at the Crescent Beach Club as well as beer and shots at three other establishments. His blood alcohol level registered a partial reading at 0.17, which is more than twice the state’s legal limit.
DRAM SHOP LIABILITY IN CAR ACCIDENTS WITH DRUNK DRIVERS
New York has Dram Shop laws which can place civil liability on bars for serving patrons alcohol when they are visibly intoxicated. Bars have a responsibility to cease serving patrons alcohol when they exhibit signs of intoxication. For example, if a person is staggering or orders a beer with slurred speech and then proceeds to drive and cause an accident, the bar that served that person may be held liable. It can be difficult to prove the “visibly intoxicated” element of the law. But eye witnesses and video footage can play an important role in determining liability. Any person that is injured by a drunk driver that has been served alcohol through the negligence of a bar may be able to recover for pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages.
Our staff at Lipsig Lawyers were deeply concerned to learn about the tragic head-on car accident that injured police officer Willard Gomes in Greenvale. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the victim as he continues to recover from his injuries. Police officer Gomes risked his life conducting DWI patrol in order to keep the rest of us safe. He deserves to be honored for his bravery and commitment to serving the public. We encourage anyone that may have seen the car accident or has information to contact the New York Police Department.
If you or someone that you love has been injured by the negligence of a drunk driver, you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced dram shop and car accident 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.