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24 December 2017

UPDATE: Zafar Rustsmor Killed In Car Accident With Falling Tree on the Taconic State Parkway in East Fishkill


Fatal Crash Reported: Zafar Rustsmor Killed In Car Accident With Falling Tree on the Taconic State Parkway in East Fishkill

Zafar Rustsmor Died In Car Accident on Taconic State Parkway in East Fishkill After Being Hit By Falling Tree

EAST FISKHILL, NEW YORK (December 24, 2017) – A 36-year-old man from Brooklyn was tragically killed after he may have been struck by a falling tree on the Taconic State Parkway in East Fishkill.

Officials in East Fishkill have been able to identify the man that died in the crash as Zafar Rustsmor.

Zafar Rustsmor was driving on the Taconic State Parkway when his vehicle left the road and overturned near Miller Hill Road.

Police think that the vehicle Zafar Rustsmor was driving may have been struck by a tree. Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene of the car collision in order to treat the victim for his injuries. Tragically, he was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash in East Fishkill.

Preliminary reports suggest that there may have been a number of car accidents on the Taconic State Parkway related to the fallen tree.

An investigation into the car accident involving the falling tree remains ongoing at this time.


Cities in New York have a duty of reasonable care in regards to trees that are on public property. Periodic inspections must be done in order to determine if any trees are in a dangerous condition. A person that is injured or killed by a falling tree will likely be able to file a claim against the city where the accident took place if city officials knew (or should have known) about a dangerous condition posed by the tree. In Handwerker v. City of New York, a 29-year-old social worker was pinned to the ground and badly injured by a falling tree. The city elected to settle with the family in light of evidence that it failed to inspect a tree trunk that was dangerously rotten and “gooey.”

Our staff at Lipsig Lawyers were deeply saddened to learn about this horrific car accident involving a falling tree that killed Zafar Rustsmor. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim as they go through such an incredibly difficult time. Anyone with information about what happened should contact police in East Fishkill. There needs to be a thorough investigation into this accident for the sake of all of those that have been affected and so that the family can have closure. We encourage city officials in East Fishkill to take steps to inspect the trees on their roadway in order to help prevent a similar tragedy in the future.

If you or someone that you love has been injured or killed in an accident involving a falling tree, you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced Long Island tree 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.