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$3 million to great-grandfather hit by NYPD scooter.

Frightening video clearly shows Great Grandfather José Flores hit by NYPD scooter.

NYPD officer Thomas Hopper lost control of his scooter striking Flores in Brooklyn across the street at Liberty Avenue and Barbey Street in Cypress Hills in August of 2012.

Officer Hopper claimed that Flores was jaywalking, in the middle of the street, darting in front of him. Video surveillance tells a different story.

Officer Hopper lost control of his scooter skidding on his side then striking Mr.Flores as he was already was practically to the other side.

just cost the city nearly $3 million, the victim’s lawyer told The Post on Monday.

Sadly, NYPD officer Hopper issued a misdemeanor summons to the badly injured, great grandfather for jaywalking, claiming that Flores darted out in front of him in the middle of the street between parked cars.

The video clearly shows Flores, crossing at a corner, looking both ways, were there were no cars around.

Officer Hoppers lie cost the city 3 million dollars.

After dealing with the courts and a stint in jail, a judge finally released Flores, where he was hospitalized for four months to treat two fractured vertebrae.

He won the $2.9 settlement from New York City before the case ever even saw trial.

New York Hit and Run. “didn’t see” The Victim Doesn’t Fly!

In New York City, most drivers who hit people with their vehicle and then flee the scene are rarely ever charged with a crime. The police fist of all need to find them to make an arrest, in order to get a hit-and-run conviction, according to New York state law.

In any case prosecuting attorneys still need to prove a driver knew he or she hit someone and caused injury. Story at the intersection is, that pedestrian accidents in New York are dropped, or just not pursued at all, once a driver claims he “didn’t see” the victim. Have they though?

Since the beginning of 2016 there are there have been 4 hit and runs to count so far.

  • Just this Friday morning, Jan 22, 2016 12:12 pm, a 15-Year-Old Boy In Critical Condition Following Williamsburg Hit-And-Run.
  • A 29-year-old man was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver while crossing northbound lanes of the FDR in Kips Bay on January 8, 2016.
  • Another hit-and-run driver careened into the Gowanus Canal on Monday, January 18, 2016, after striking another vehicle on Court Street.
  • On Thursday, officers arrested the driver of a Ryder rental truck who they say fatally struck a cyclist in Sheepshead Bay on Tuesday.

New York has adopted hit-and-run civil penalties depend on the drivers’ word.

Increasing penalties for drivers who leave the scene of a crash without reporting it. How many hit-and-runs there have been so far this year in New York City.

NYPD Reports a whopping 34,000 hit and flee accidents. 4,000 of those “personal injury”, leaving the scene. 48 of the 4000 were considered “catastrophic injury”.

Think about that number 4,000 personal injuries in which a driver injured or killed someone in New York and then fled.

2015 Statistics according to NYPD reports:
48 catastrophic hit-and-runs
28 suspects were arrested
480 arrests
475 moving summonses.

According to New York car accident lawyer Paul Ajlouny,  with the law firm of Ajlouny Injury Law,  “Fleeing the scene of an accident where a person is fatally struck should never be down-played! Pedestrian lives matter — All lives matter, there’s no excuse for fleeing the scene of an accident!” says Mr.Ajlouny.

hurt in hit-and-run crashes in New York.

Hurt in hit-and-run crashes in New York. New York Pedestrian Lives matter!

 

$1.7 million in car accident trial

Lets Review New York How Justice Works in A Car Accident Case.

The New York City Transit law department, faces off with the plaintiff in the motor vehicle accident trial Vidal v. Rodriguez.

In October 2011 Kelda Vidal, 26 years old while driving to her job when she stopped for an emergency vehicle near the intersection of Bedford and Willoughby avenues, when within seconds rear-ended by Louis Rodriguez who was behind the wheel of a Transit Authority vehicle.

Kelda Vidal claimed that as a result of the accident she underwent a neck discectomy and fusion surgery, replacing a disc with a metal plate, and remains in constant pain despite medication and therapy. According to reports from her pain management physician  it was confirmed that Vidal’s symptoms of neck and head pain are permanent. Vidal alleged that she could not resume her former duties as a hospital security officer.

The legal team of the NYC transit department tried to dispute the extent of Vidal’s claims, refuting her allegations of impeded movement through reports citing her range of motion as within normal limits.

The jury returned a verdict of damages for past and future pain and suffering, past medical expenses and lost earnings in the total amount of $1.7 million in the trial that concluded this week in Kings County Civil Term.

1.7 million For Plaintiff Rear ended in Car Accident

1.7 million For Plaintiff Rear ended in Car Accident

When a person is found person responsible for an accident — That person’s liability insurance company must pay an injured person for:

  • medical care & expenses
  • missed work & lost wages
  • pain and suffering
  • permanent disability or disfigurement
  • loss of normal lifestyle (family, education,etc…)

Injured in an moving vehicle accident in New York? Got questions? Ask a New York car accident lawyer. The advice is FREE!

 

Park Slope, Brooklyn School Bus Crash 4 children, 1 adult injured

Developing Story Brooklyn, NY ParkSlope

Reports indicate that at least eight people, including seven children, were hurt in a crash involving a school bus and a car in Brooklyn, New York around 3pm near the intersection of 4th ave and 1st Street in Park Slope.

According to the FDNY one adult and six children suffered injuries. A seventh child has more serious injuries, which are not considered life-threatening. An investigation is currently underway.

7 children, 1 adult injured in school bus crash in Brooklyn

7 children, 1 adult injured in school bus crash in Brooklyn

Driver Alive After Severe Crash South Ozone Park

A 25 year old driver is lucky to be alive after crashing his car into a tree  in South Ozone Park. The occurred on North Conduit Avenue near 120th Street around 3:40 a.m. Sunday morning.

The driver was rushed to Jamaica Hospital where he remains in  stable condition after doctors operated on him. The photos of the vehicle at the scene show the car wrapped around a tree, facing the wrong way on the one-way, with no rooftop or doors.

According to NYPD data, North Conduit Avenue between 120th and 121st streets has been the scene of 14 crashes this year, injuring three, two car occupants, and one pedestrian.

Queens DWI crash

Possible Reckless driving and speeding in Queens crash.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation

Speed and under the influence wreck

Car wreckage indicates speeding in early morning Queens crash.

Conduit Avenue Crashes 2015:

  • Man, 41, dies after crashing car into tree in Queens: police – July 13, 2015
  • 12 Injured After MTA Bus Crashes Into House In Queens … – Oct 4, 2015
  • Passenger, 21, killed in Queens crash – Aug 10, 2015
  • Queens crash kills one woman, injures several kids – May 26, 2015

Pedestrians, cyclists and motorists should be aware that Conduit Avenue is dangerous and prone to crashes. Conduit Avenue, especially between Cross Bay BLVD in Howard Beach and Atlantic Avenue in Cypress Hills, serves as a thoroughfare between SE Queens & Brooklyn.

Drivers also use it to access Linden Boulevard and the Belt Parkway. Conduit Avenue has no no bike lanes along the thoroughfare with reports of drivers speeding along the street.

Statistics show that in 2009 and 2013, seven people were killed and 41 were severely injured in accidents along that stretch of Conduit Avenue. A total of 763 people were injured including 42 pedestrians and 13 bicyclists, according to the Department of Transportation. Conduit Avenue – Read more ..

Helen Marszalek, 70, was walking across Atlantic at Grant Avenue,  in East New York, Brooklyn at around 1:30 in the afternoon when she was struck by the driver of a BMW sedan in the westbound lanes. Marszalek, who lived nearby, died at Brookdale University Hospital, DNAinfo reported.

Woman, 70, fatally struck by car

Helen Marszalek.

The crash occurred on a segment of Atlantic that the de Blasio administration has singled out for improvements as part of the Vision Zero Great Streets program, which concentrates on four of the city’s most dangerous streets for walking: Atlantic Avenue, Queens Boulevard, Grand Concourse, and Brooklyn’s Fourth Avenue.

Atlantic Avenue at the site of the crash is six lanes with a center median. Last summer DOT unveiled plans to redesign medians and add vehicle turn bays between Pennsylvania Avenue and Conduit Avenue, to the west, where the crash rate is higher than on 90 percent of Brooklyn streets. Phase two of the project would focus on Atlantic between Conduit Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard, encompassing the intersection where Marszalek was killed.

NYC DOT Extends Anti-speeding Campaign with New Locations For Speed Boards

Radar devices, including boards with skeleton images, display vehicle speeds to underscore the City’s 30 mph speed limit and the dangers of speeding

New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the relocation of speed boards to new sites citywide, extending the reach of a vital safety message that calls dramatic attention to the city’s 30 m.p.h. speed limit and the fatal consequences of speeding.

DOT introduced speed boards this spring as part of its “That’s Why It’s 30” anti-speeding campaign, temporarily installing them along corridors with histories of excessive speeding.

In addition to traditional speed boards that display oncoming vehicles’ speeds, DOT unveiled specialized ones that display an LED image of a skeleton next to the words “Slow Down” if a passing motorist exceeds the speed limit.

Skeleton speed boards currently are stationed at Beverly Road between East 28th and East 29th streets and Dahill Road between 52nd and 53rd streets in Brooklyn; Hillside Avenue between 248th and 249th streets and Utopia Parkway between 67th and Peck avenues in Queens; and Hylan Boulevard between Buffalo Street and Chesterton Avenue in Staten Island. Traditional speed boards are now located at Linden Boulevard between Warwick and Jerome streets in Brooklyn; Targee Street between Venice Street and Clove Road and Mosel Avenue between Osgood Avenue and Manton Place in Staten Island; Webster Avenue between 194th Street and Bedford Park Boulevard and Hutchinson River Parkway East between Wilkinson and St. Paul avenues in the Bronx; and Fifth Avenue between 132nd and 135th streets in Manhattan. Read More

The speed boards will continue to be rotated to new locations each month to curb excessive speeding. Future locations for speed boards include Utica Avenue between Avenue L and Avenue M, 21st Avenue between 53rd and 57th streets, and Shore Parkway at Knapp Street in Brooklyn; Richmond Avenue between Arthur Kill Road and Victory Boulevard in Staten Island; 172nd Street between 107th and Liberty avenues and North Conduit Avenue between Sutter Avenue and 76th Street in Queens; Bruckner Boulevard between Longwood Avenue and East 156th Street and Lafayette Avenue between East Tremont and Balcom avenues in the Bronx, and Broadway between Dongan Place and Arden Street in Manhattan.

The use of speed boards builds on a growing portfolio of safety tools designed to educate New Yorkers about the safety benefits of the city’s 30 m.p.h. speed limit. In DOT’s Pedestrian Safety Study and Action Plan, focus groups showed that more than two-thirds of New Yorker’s did not know the 30 m.p.h. speed limit in the city. DOT’s “That’s Why It’s 30” advertising campaign was developed to build awareness and change behavior.

Paul Ajlouny, New York car accident Lawyer weighs in on DOTS Anti-speeding Campaign. “raising safety awareness among drivers, and pedestrians by highlighting the danger of speeding is just another step to reducing the number of pedestrian / driver injuries and fatalities” says Mr. Ajlouny.

“New York streets are congested with distracted drivers, possibly under the influence or in a rush to get from one place to another as seen on a main street like Conduit Avenue.

I stand by any attempt to keep pedestrians safe while walking; like crosswalks, pedestrian signals, and pedestrian warning signs. Hopefully, this campaign can educate New Yorker’s about what to look for, what to expect and how to proceed in an attempt to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities and achieve greater pedestrian safety.” said Mr. Ajlouny.

If a pedestrian is hit by a car traveling 40 m.p.h. or faster, there’s a 70% chance that the pedestrian will be killed; at 30 m.p.h., there’s an 80% chance that the pedestrian will live.

Bronx single-car-crash leaves driver dead

Bronx single-car-crash leaves driver dead and passenger with broken arm and leg. The single-car accident happened on the Bruckner Expressway in the Bronx early Wednesday, according to officials.

1 dead, 1 injured in Bruckner Expressway crash

1 dead, 1 injured in Bruckner Expressway crash – According to officials, speed cause

Wendell Cheeseboro, of the Bronx, was driving a 2006 Dodge Charger north-bound on the Bruckner near Exit 52 in Hunts Point about 3:20 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle and struck the median.

Police indicate that Cheeseboro was speeding at the time of the accident.

Emergency crews rushed Cheeseboro to Jacobi Hospital, but doctors were unable to save him. http://ow.ly/ToD9Z

Bronx: Coca Cola Truck Hits Scaffolding Kills 1 injures 6

Bronx: Bruckner blvd, & 138 st, Coca Cola Truck Hit Scaffolding and Pedestrian, 1 female pedestrian DOA, 6 other injured.

Coka Cola Truck Kills pedestrian injures 6 others.

Bronx: Coca Cola Truck Hits Scaffolding Kills Pedestrian Injures 6 Others

BREAKING NEWS  / BRONX, N.Y.
One women in her 30s was killed and six others injured after a crash involving a Coca Cola truck in the Bronx.

The fatal crash happened at about 3:20 p.m. on East 138th Street near Bruckner Boulevard in the Port Morris section of the borough.

The six people injured were being assessed by EMS workers, but were reported to have minor injuries.

Witnesses reported people coming out of work when they were struck by the Coca Cola truck. It was reported that the driver of the truck  had tried to avoid another vehicle when it lost control and slammed into a building.

The woman struck was underneath the truck after it stopped.

This is still a developing story.

Paul Ajlouny, New York personal injury lawyer weighs in on this tragic accident. “Truck drivers are know to work long hours and are on a strict schedule to complete their delivery in a timely manner. This results in in taking shortcuts often leading to negligence. Take into account maneuvering through New York City Streets.

Under New York law, a trucking company can be held liable for the negligence of its drivers. In this case a pedestrian was killed. Odds are Coca Cola will be held liable.” Say’s Paul Ajlouny.

“The truck jumped the curb,  couldn’t stop, hitting a women and injuring six other people. There will be certain factors that will be taken into account when determining fault; speed being an important factor.

The most important question: Could the Coca Cola driver have stopped in time — before hitting the pedestrians?” suggests Paul Ajlouny.

Truck Accident Statistics

Statistics show that the death toll in truck-involved crashes rose 17 percent from 2009 to 2013. Fatalities in truck-involved crashes have risen four years in a row, reaching 3,964 in 2013, the latest data available. Those crashes are killing not only car drivers but also, during 2013 alone, 586 people who were truck drivers or passengers.

Brooklyn Explosion: 13 Ave – 42 St.

Brooklyn: 13 Ave – 42 St. @FDNY Fire Marshals inspecting the collapsed building’s from the gas explosion http://ow.ly/T0iwV http://ow.ly/i/dtwQl

Update Brooklyn Explosion:

A second body was pulled Monday from the rubble of the Borough Park building that collapsed from a gas explosion that left one woman dead and another missing, according to officials.

Franchezka Figueroa, 47, a mother of three, lived on the second floor of 4206 13th Ave., near 42nd Street, and has not been seen since the blast on 1 p.m. Saturday, officials and family members said.

Third-floor tenant Ligia Puello, 64, was found in a stairwell and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Thirteen people were injured; three of which were treated at Methodist Hospital, including one person who suffered critical injuries.

There is speculation that Figueroa’s stove could be the cause of this horrific explosion.

Figueroa is said to have purchased a high-end stove. As she moved moved out of the apartment and were going to take that stove with them,” said FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro.

“[That] leads us, preliminary, to look in that direction as the cause of the explosion.”

Speed Cameras New York City

Speed Cameras and the City

Officials won’t say where they’ve placed NYC’s controversial speed cameras.
But based on where and when tickets were issued, about half of them appear to be in fixed locations.
The rest are mounted on city vehicles and rove from place to place.

In 2014,

  • 471,625 speeding tickets were issued by speed cameras.
    (Compared to 117,767 speeding tickets issued by officers.)
  • Speeding cameras issued $23,581,250 in fines.
  • Vehicle crashes near cameras declined 3.9%
  • Crashes with injuries near cameras declined 13.4% *

Man Struck By City Bus in Freak Accident 06:29AM BRONX

In a freak and sad accident this Friday early morning a man is killed as he stumbles out of a his car right into the path of a city bus in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx.

According to sources the 23-year-old Bronx man, who had just left an Inwood club, told his livery driver that he needed to vomit while on West 231 Street just after 2:30 a.m. The man opened the back door of the livery car and vomited.

A passing bus driver told police he spotted the man and veered to get out his way. But the man then stumbled out of the livery car and was hit by the bus. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

bus strikes man in the Bronx

Man stuck/killed in crosswalk on Kingsbridge Ave and W231 Street in Bronx.

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