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Limo crash at popular NY tourist spot kills 20

20 dead after limousine, vehicle crash in New York 20 die in upstate New York.

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Brooklyn: Uber Hits Cyclist, Flips Over

DOWNTOWN, Brooklyn – An Uber hit a cyclist and an ERS call box pinning the driver in the vehicle. This happened at 10:40 pm Tuesday in the confines of the 84 Precinct. FDNY extricated the driver and both the Uber driver and cyclist was transported to an area hospital in unknown condition.

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Bronx hit and run driver takes life of mother

News like this is always so difficult to report. However, we hope our article will shed light in helping Police apprehend the hit and run driver that caused the fatal crash taking the life of Cardinal Spellman High School cheer leading coach and mother of three Michelle Muccio from Pelham Bay.

Michelle Muccio, 44, was driving south on I-95 near Gun Hill Road with her 16-year-old daughter Francesca, around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 when a speeding vehicle abruptly cut in front of her.

The sudden reckless cutoff sent Michelle Muccio’s 2004 GMC Envoy spinning out, then flipping over the road’s metal guardrail, and continuing to roll over several times.

Michelle was partially ejected from the vehicle and did not survive the impact.

Michelle’s daughter Francesca escaped with only minor injuries. She was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center and has now returned to her family.

Her last words to her mother were “Mom be careful” just before the crash.

 Michelle Muccio

Michelle Muccio mourned by Spellman High School community. (Facebook)

“Her mother had fallen on top of her and my granddaughter had to crawl out of the window,” according to family members recount of the accident.

The driver that cut off Michelle just kept going. All Francesca can recall was that the other vehicle was a dark, SUV similar to her mother’s.

Michelle is survived by her husband of 22 years, Christopher; her three daughters Nikki Marie, Francesca and Daniella Muccio.

A GoFundMe page was created to defer the costs of her funeral and has raised over $12,000 in just over two days from all of the people and lives Michelle touched.

“The driver who appears to have caused this devastating accident that took the life of a mother of three, wife and beloved coach’s death, is at fault. It’s been noted through several social media postings claiming that the same driver had dangerously cut around them just moments before the accident. This helps reconstruct the vehicle’s movements prior to the accident. ”  Said New York car accident lawyer Paul Ajlouny.

Resources:

https://www.bxtimes.com/stories/2018/12/12-hitandrun-2018-03-23-bx.html

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GoFundMe For Moms, of Devastating Brooklyn Crash

A GoFundMe For Ruthie Ann Miles Account have been set up for Ruthie Ann Miles who is in critical condition, who lost her daughter Abigal, in the devastating crash in Brooklyn on Monday the 5th, 2018.

“Our dear friend Ruthie Ann Miles encountered tragedy on March 5, 2018, when a reckless driver ran a red light in Brooklyn, striking four people, including Ruthie and her sweet four-year-old daughter, Abigail. Ruthie, who is pregnant, is injured and in critical condition, and, very sadly, Abigail passed away. This GoFundMe has been set up as a centralized point to accept donations. These contributions will go to Ruthie and her family. Ruthie is beloved by her many friends and colleagues in the Broadway and touring communities. She is always kind and always has a smile. It is our honor to help her in this difficult time.”

With thanks, Jack Stephens Company Manager

 Ruthie Ann Miles GoFundMe

Ruthie Ann Miles GoFundMe

Friends have set up a page to support Lew and her family after the loss of their son. A 46-year-old man was also hit by the car and brought to the hospital in stable condition.

Many have asked if there is a way to help the other family. GoFundMe For Lew Family

The Lew Family encountered an unthinkable tragedy on March 5, 2018, when a reckless driver ran a red light in Brooklyn, striking four people. Their sweet son Joshua has passed away due to his injuries.

The Lew Family encountered an unthinkable tragedy on March 5, 2018, when a reckless driver ran a red light in Brooklyn, striking four people. Their sweet son Joshua has passed away due to his injuries.

Brooklyn crash 2 children dead

Fatal crash in Brooklyn, 2 children dead, Happening Now!

Brooklyn: 9 St & 5th Ave, 2 children dead & multiple others injured driver in shock. NYPD Highway CIS Investigating. Heart breaking for the families involved in today’s crash. This horrific accident happened at a well known intersection in Brooklyn.

Child among 2 struck by vehicle, critically injured in Park Slope, FDNY confirms

Child among 2 struck by vehicle, critically injured in Park Slope, FDNY confirms

Past dangerous intersection accidents:

Critically-Injured Cyclist Caused High-Speed Park Slope Collision

A 20-year-old man is in critical condition after he was hit by a driver while riding a bike in Park Slope last night. Though a witness said the driver was speeding, police blamed the victim for the crash.

Another one from 2013. Don’t let anyone tell you today’s crash couldn’t have been prevented.

Joggers Dodge Van Seconds Before It Smashes Into Park Slope Deli 

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A wild crash in Brooklyn was caught on camera Wednesday. Two joggers were nearly run over just before a van plowed into a store.

“My office is closely monitoring the situation involving a pregnant mother and her two young children who were involved in a horrific incident with a speeding driver at Fifth Avenue and Ninth Street in ParkSlope. I send my deepest condolences to the victims’ family.” Eric Adams, Borough President of Brooklyn

“The intersection of 9th Street and 5th Avenue in Brooklyn, scene of today’s deadly crash, should have been completely redesigned after this 2016 fatality. Someone at NYC DOT is not prioritizing projects well, and children are dead today.

“The fatal devastating scene on 5th Avenue & 9th street in Brooklyn today is just a reminder that someone is killed in a car crash in NYC statistically every 36 hrs. The precious loss of life is a reminder to our city that pedestrian safety is still an issue.” Paul Ajlouny, New York Car Accident Lawyer.

 

crazy woman slams mom/2 kids in crosswalk 9th & 5th Ave. – 2 kids DOA horror scene, driver in shock, taken 2 vehicle ended w/ parked cars, & in shock, cops angry – ‘I just thought of own kids. Children struck by driver in Brooklyn.

Harlem Fatal Collision

A 33 year old woman she plowed into the back of a milk truck in Harlem, killing her passenger early Tuesday according to NYPD.

The women suspected of DUI rear-ended the milk delivery truck double-parked outside a deli on Frederick Douglass Blvd. near W. 129th St. at 4:40 a.m. After hitting the truck, the woman’s Mercedes Benz crossed over into oncoming traffic and slammed into a tree.

When first responders arrived, they found the driver with cuts on her head. Her passenger, identified as 33-year-old Angel Campana, suffered a massive head injury. Both were rushed to Harlem Hospital, where Campana died.

 A woman was arrested early Tuesday after she plowed into the back of a milk truck in Harlem, killing her passenger, cops said.  The 33-year-old driver rear-ended the delivery truck while it was double-parked outside a deli on Frederick Douglass Blvd. near W. 129th St. at 4:40 a.m., police said.  After she hit the truck, the woman’s Mercedes Benz crossed over into oncoming traffic and slammed into a tree, cops said.  When first responders arrived, they found the driver with cuts on her head. Her passenger, 33-year-old Angel Campana, suffered a massive head injury.  Both were rushed to Harlem Hospital, where Campana died.

The female driver taken to Harlem Hospital is now in custody for DUI.

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In New York, 28 percent, or 311, of the driving-related fatalities last year were influenced by alcohol, according to the federal report. The was virtually unchanged from the 312 alcohol-related traffic deaths in 2014.

In every State, it’s illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, yet one person was killed in a drunk-driving crash every 50 minutes in the United States in 2016.

“Another fatal early morning crash has taken the life of an innocent passenger.” said Paul Ajlouny, New York Car Crash Attorney. “No matter how many stories, messages, movements are out there — here we see another person getting behind the wheel and driving drunk. It’s seems to be not as simple as don’t drink and drive; someone is dead.” says Mr. Ajlouny.


Resources:

http://harlemworldmag.com/driver-custody-fatal-harlem-crash/
http://qns.com/story/2018/02/27/jackson-heights-man-dies-injuries-car-crashes-double-parked-delivery-truck/
https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/new-york/2016/08/31/ny-traffic-deaths-up-77/89672522/
https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving

Queens Fiery Fatal Crash

A 21 year old driver was killed early Saturday about 12:45a.m. when his car slammed into a loading dock in Queens.

The driver’s BMW, was reportedly speeding on eastbound Union Turnpike when he lost control of the vehicle.

The car jumped the divider of the roadway, crashed into the loading dock of a Queens supermarket in Glendale bursting into flames.

The 21 year old driver, was pronounced dead later at Jamaica Hospital.

Speed Kills

“Sadly, speeding often times will lead to a crash,” said Paul Ajlouny, New York car accident lawyer. “vehicle accidents involving speed end up with victims suffering serious injury, or even death. The speeding driver, vehicles in his or her path, any passengers, cyclists or pedestrian’s are all in danger.”

“Social and situational factors such as impairment, mobile phone use, fatigue, social group and peers — and in this case — speed, affects the crash risk of a young driver; as seen in this tragic accident” says Mr. Ajlouny.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that 5,933 speeding drivers died in crashes in 2014, the most recent year available. Another 1,835 passengers in those speeding cars died, along with 1,136 occupants of other vehicles, 314 pedestrians and 46 bicyclists.1

NHTSA said 112,580 people died in speeding-related crashes from 2005 through 2014. The number of speeding-related crashes dropped from 13,583 to 9,283 per year during that decade. Speeding’s share of fatalities also declined from 31% to 28% during that period.

But fatalities have begun to edge up in 2015 and 2016, leaving safety experts scrambling for ways to curb the carnage.

 

Resources:

  1. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/07/25/safety…speed-kills…/510717001/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4117653/

Drunk Driver Fatal Crash in the Bronx

 

The fatal accident on Burke Avenue caused by Andres Mayora, 54, who was allegedly traveling north on Bronx Park East when his Jeep struck the back of a silver Nissan Altima that Shiquan Dunn, 31, was driving in the same direction at the intersection of Burke Avenue and Bronx Park East on Saturday, February 3 around 2:53 a.m.

The victim, Shiquan Dunn’s car,  then crashed into another car driven by a 48-year-old woman which was traveling west on Burke Avenue and attempted to make a left onto Bronx Park East. Police said Mayora struck two unoccupied parked vehicles.

Dunn sustained severe injuries and was pronounced dead on arrival of the FDNY. Mayora and the two women were taken to Jacobi Hospital in stable condition. Mayora has been charged with driving while intoxicated.

Drunk driving fatal car accidents happen both on the open highway and inner city, as proven by this recent 5-car pile in the Bronx. Mayora T-boned an oncoming vehicle that was making a left turn across the lane. The impacted vehicle that was being driven by the Dunn according to witnesses spun out of control striking a third vehicle, resulting in injuries to that driver as well.

Andres Mayora, 54, handcuffed to his bed at Jacobi Medical Center, was charged  for the fatal DWI. Due to his level of intoxication was understandably clueless about the carnage he left behind after his speeding SUV caused a five-vehicle wreck that killed the driver of another car.

Shiquan Dunn

Shiquan Dunn died at the scene of the five-car wreck in the Bronx.

The domino affect sent one car spinning into another car trying to make a turn onto Bronx Park East from Burke Ave., police said. The vehicle being driven by the drunk driver Andres Mayora continued to strike two more vehicles in it’s path.

This is just an example of what can happen when a speeding drunk driver unable to comprehend or react quickly to fluid driving situations.

Boozed-up driver showed no signs of regret.

Drunk driver showed no signs of regret.

There’s no question who is at fault in this horrific fatal accident. Fault is a central issue in reconstructing all accidents. The surviving driver was cited for impaired ability while driving (DWAI), as well as driving under the influence.

These are not the same charge when alcohol is involved in a car accident, often becoming the basis for a wrongful death claim. A DWAI with a BAC over a certain level (e.g., .13%), in an fatal accident, is a serious charge.

New York is one of the 13 states that implement pure comparative negligence law, which means that injury damages can only be recovered based on the comparative negligence percentage of the the injured victim. This includes victims of a fatal car crash when they also have a high degree of causation for the wreck.

The fact that the surviving driver was intoxicated could result in additional punitive damage awards by a sympathetic jury if the drunk driver was seriously impaired and aggravated charges are filed. This is effectively a wrongful death claim based on “gross” negligence, which requires a jury verdict.

The state of New York takes drunk driving very seriously, as drunk drivers are easily the most dangerous operators on the highway. Anyone injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver could potentially have a very valuable claim given that the amount of insurance protection is adequate and certain material evidence can be used to prove gross negligence.

Surviving family members should always call an experienced New York fatal car crash attorney who can provide aggressive representation at a full trial for a maximized damage award.

According to New York car accident lawyer Paul Ajlouny with Ajlouny Injury Law in New York Drunk Drivers can be sued!

“New York is a “no-fault” state. If you suffer serious injury in vehicle accident in New York, you can absolutely file a personal injury claim with your own insurance for medical expenses and lost wages. These types of accidents may allow the injured victims to pursue a legal claim against the at fault driver.” Say’s Mr. Ajlouny.

 

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Driver dies in fiery crash in Bronx

A driver on a Bronx highway died after sideswiping another vehicle and slamming into a pole early Saturday, cops said. Saturday, January 13, 2018, 3:15 a.m.

William Santana from Queens, NY, was speeding when he struck the Lincoln MKZ on the Major Deegan Expressway on Saturday, about 3:15 a.m. Santana died in the fiery crash.

William Santana, 47 a Queens man died in a fiery crash on a Bronx highway early Saturday, police said.

William Santana, 47 a Queens man died in a fiery crash on a Bronx highway Saturday AM

William Santana, 47, was behind the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz on the Major Deegan Expressway, when he sideswiped an SUV, and slammed into a wall, causing his car to explode into flames, according to police.

The vehicles were traveling south side by side when Santana, who was in the left lane, veered into the middle lane, striking the side of the SUV. First respondents upon arrival on the scene found the Mercedes-Benz engulfed in fire on a grassy area, Santana, died at the scene.

Recent Crashes On Bronx-bound Major Deegan Expressway:

New York Car Accident Lawyer Paul Ajlouny of the NY Law Firm Ajlouny Injury Law weighs in on this tragic accident.

“This unfortunate accident appears to have been caused by excessive speed. A safe speed should always be maintained while driving on any highway transportation. In most accidents speed is the reason for most traffic accidents. Other factors for highway accidents include weather related hazards (icy roads), distracted driving, fatigue and drinking. Condolences are offered out to the Santana family. Our prayers and hearts are with the family.” says Mr. Ajlouny.

Resources:

http://library.cqpress.com/cqresearcher/document.php?id=cqresrre1952122400

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Missing stop sign cause of Queens crash

A missing stop sign has from a Queens intersection for months, minded after numerous complaints — is cause of a crash that injured three people, including an infant.

missing stop sign cause of crash injures 3

A stop sign missing from a Queens intersection led to a crash that injured three people, including an infant.

An Uber car was T-boned by another vehicle when the livery car went through an intersection where the sign should have been at 225th Street and 120th Avenue in Cambria Heights at 1:10 p.m.

The driver and his 2 passengers were hospitalized with minor injuries. Neighbors claim to have previously complained to 311 and community board meetings about the missing sign, to no avail.

The city DOT said that they replaced the sign later Thursday night, and, after a search of its records, found no recent reports of a missing sign at the intersection.

Damaged or Missing Traffic Signs

DOT prioritizes repairs to signs which have a direct impact on safety. These include Stop signs, One Way signs, Do Not Enter signs, Yield signs and certain school signs. Report a traffic sign that is missing, illegible, or vandalized

New York Car Accident Lawyer Paul Ajlouny explains the legalities of missing or obscured traffic signs. “Missing stop sign can be blown down by wind, falling tree’s, hit by other motorists, removed by pranksters, or by highway construction. The question being.. Is the the driver at fault for this type of car accident?

It really depends on existing record of neighborhood complaints of a missing traffic sign. Whether a sign is missing or not safety precautions are required at intersections as a rule of thumb. There are many factors to consider and a personal injury lawyer would be able to look at the incident and investigate who’s at fault.” says Mr. Ajlouny.

Resources:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/contact/customer-service.shtml

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