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16 June 2017

New York Weekly Accident Report, June 16, 2017

This week’s Manhattan accident roundup includes a Citi Bike cyclist who was the first bicyclist to die since the ride-sharing program started in New York City.

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Manhattan Accidents  This Week

Multi-Vehicle Crash Leaves Five-Year-Old Girl Dead

On Wednesday night June 14, 2017, a five-year-old girl and her father were killed in a multi-vehicle car crash on the George Washington Bridge. According to authorities, an SUV crashed into the back of a box truck that was stopped in traffic. This happened on the upper level of the bridge.

Two women and a one-year-old involved in the accident suffered minor injuries and were taken to Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital for treatment. It is believed that the victims, who were all in the SUV, were part of the same family. It is not quite clear the types of injuries the father and daughter suffered in this fatal incident.

The crash is under investigation.

SUV Jumps Curb And Injures Pedestrians

On Thursday, June 14th, in Midtown Manhattan, an SUV jumped a curb in front of 400 West 37th Street. According to police, the SUV ended up hitting two pedestrians. NYPD stated that the driver of a Chevy Tahoe and a livery cab were both trying to make a right turn at the same time from Ninth Avenue to West 37th Street.
The livery cab driver stated that he was heading south on Ninth Avenue when the Chevy Tahoe hurriedly made a right turn into him. The driver stated that he honked at the SUV driver but he kept going until he crashed into the back of a van and jumped off it and onto the curb. The SUV crashed into a man and a woman who were both in their 40s.

Eventually, the SUV went through two heavy metal tree planters and ended up stuck between a building and a tree.

The woman who was walking on the curb suffered a leg and head injury, while the man sustained a leg injury. They were transported to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition. The other people involved in this accident were eight passengers in the SUV and two people in the livery car who were all evaluated afterward and no-one was taken to the hospital.

No arrests were made for this accident.

First Citi Bike Fatality In Manhattan

On Monday, June 12, 2017, a 36-year-old investment banker was killed in Manhattan when the Citi Bike he was riding crashed into a charter bus. According to police, the banker from Brooklyn was riding on 26th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues in Chelsea during the busy morning traffic time.

The cyclist swerved around a parked van and struck the bus that was next to him going in the same direction as him. This swerve caused him to fall off his bicycle, leading him to fall under the bus’s rear tires. The cyclist suffered serious trauma and was pronounced dead at the Bellevue Hospital Center.

This fatality is the first one involving New York City’s bike sharing program since it started four years ago. The incident appears to be an accident according to authorities, and the 52-year-old bus driver stayed on the scene.

Wrong-Way Crash Driver Gets Maximum Sentence Of 25 Years

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An ex-cop from New Jersey was convicted on June 14, 2017, for drunken driving and causing a wrong-way accident that killed a fellow officer and another friend. A Staten Island judge sentenced him to the maximum prison term of up to 25 years.

The judge accused the man of being a bomb waiting to explode for the accident that he caused. Prosecutors stated that the drunk driver crashed into a tractor-trailer after a night out at a strip club with his friends in 2015.

When the accident happened, the ex-cop had been driving the wrong way on the West Shore Expressway. Tests were done that showed his blood content was 0.24 percent which is over the legal limit for driving in New York of 0.08 percent.

The District Attorney stated that this sentence sees to it that the ex-cop is held accountable for the lives he destroyed after he saw fit to get behind the wheel and drive drunk.

This drunk driving accident sentencing gives justice to the people left behind after this fatal incident happened. Although it cannot bring your loved one back, it is important to seek legal counsel after an accident happens to you or a loved one. Our attorneys at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman, P.C. will fight to see justice served for your case as well.