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LIE deadly crash cause, excessive speed.

Speed has been determined to be a factor in the LIE deadly crash that has taken the lives of 6 people. Authorities believe that 26 year old Carmelo Pinales may have been speeding at a rate of 100 miles per hour.

Scene, victims in Long Island Expressway crash

A former aid to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, 29 year old Scott Martella of Smithtown, was among the victims who were killed in the accident. The accident occurred Sunday morning around 9:30 a.m, near Exit 68 on the LIE.

Scott Martella was driving in the westbound lane of the Long Island Expressway near Exit 68 in Manorville, NY. with his fiancee, 29 year old Shelbi Thurau. As they were driving an eastbound Subaru went airborne and landed in the westbound lane. Their car was crushed.

The driver of the Subaru according to witnesses apparently lost control of his vehicle, which crossed over the grassy median, went airborne and struck two vehicles, a BMW and a Honda, that were traveling westbound.

The Subaru was driven by 26 year old Carmelo Pinales of Hicksville. His sister Patricia Pinales was in the passenger seat and his 10 year old son in the back. Scott Martella, Carmelo Pinales and Patricia Pinales all were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Pinales 10 year old son, Christopher, later died from his injuries at the hospital. Shelbi Thurau, Scott’s fiancee survived.

The BMW was driven by 73 year old Marvin Tenzer. He was with his wife Sandra and another couple: Helen and Isidore Adelson. Mr Adleson died from his injuries yesterday night and the rest of the BMW occupants sustained injuries. His wife Helen, succumbed to her injuries and has also passed. Witnesses who saw the Subaru passing them before the accident said the car “was flying”.

Relatives of the Pinales’ family say they believe an earlier accident left an oil spill, which contributed to the crash.

Pedestrian Killed Struck By SUV In Queens

A 50-year-old man was killed after being struck by a SUV in Queens Sunday morning, August 14th according to NYPD.

The pedestrian was crossing Springfield Blvd around 7:20 a.m. A 53-year-old driver in a 2014 Kia Sorento crashed into him while driving eastbound on Murdock Avenue and turning left onto Springfield. The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with police as they investigate the fatal crash.

Emergency responders found the man unconscious and with severe injuries. He was transported to a hospital and later pronounced dead.

Springfield Boulevard is a major north/south roadway that runs through the eastern section of Queens, New York. It is 7.8 miles long and goes from Northern Boulevard in Bayside, to 147th Avenue in Springfield Gardens. Wikipedia

  • Two pedestrians struck when an out-of-control car smashed into the side of a Queens restaurant. Tuesday, December 01, 2015 Springfield Avenue and Hempstead Avenue, Queens, NY
  • Queens passenger, 21, dies after SUV driver hits stopped, parked cars in Queens. Monday, August 10, 2015 South Conduit Ave. in Springfield Gardens

 

 

 

Stop driving these Hondas right now

**Stop driving these Hondas right now, says regulator**

Honda Airbag Info Recall

Don’t take the risk. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR CAR THIS HOLIDAY.

10 deaths related. This is serious New York.

The models identified by NHTSA include: 2001-2002 Honda Civic, 2001-2002 Honda Accord, 2002-2003 Acura TL, 2002 Honda CR-V, 2002 Honda Odyssey, 2003 Acura CL, 2003 Honda Pilot.

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Takata Settles Airbag Suit, Averting Testimony by Its Chief

The airbag maker Takata has settled a lawsuit involving the injury and eventual death of a woman whose car crashed in 2014.

Takata, whose airbags has been linked to at least 14 other deaths and more than 100 injuries.

Takata’s airbags can rupture when they deploy in a crash, shooting metal fragments toward the driver or passengers. The defect has prompted 14 automakers to recall more than 60 million vehicles in the United States and millions more overseas.

Ms. Mincey was paralyzed from the neck down after the Takata airbag in her 2001 Honda Civic forcefully inflated after a collision on June 15, 2014. The airbag was among those recalled by Honda less than a week later.

Ms. Mincey alleged in her lawsuit, filed the following year, that Takata had knowingly designed and manufactured airbags that were defective and dangerous. She died in April at the age of 77 from complications from her quadriplegia.

“The matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of all parties,” Robert Rendine, a Takata spokesman, said on Friday.

Bronx Two Car Deadly Crash

BRONX, NEW YORK — One person was killed and four others were injured in a two-car crash in the Bronx.

NYPD were called in the early morning Sunday to the scene of the accident at Bronxwood Avenue and East 219th Street in the Williamsbridge section of the Bronx.

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Witnesses describe it as a chaotic traumatic scene with a loud bang and people screaming.

A 28-year-old man driving a BMW south on Bronxwood Avenue struck a Cadillac headed east on 219th Street. The collision caused the vehicles to strike three parked cars and flip the Cadillac on its side.

The SUV started to smoke leaving one of the driver of the SUV close to death.

The driver of the Cadillac – Michael Rhone, 39, of the Bronx – was later pronounced dead at Jacobi Medical.

The driver of the BMW and his 29-year-old female passenger were taken to Jacobi Medical Center in critical condition. A 16-year-old boy and a 30-year-old man were also taken to Jacobi in critical condition.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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Sun, 06/19/2016 Car Accident One fatality and four critically injured in crash on Bronxwood Ave. in Williamsbridge section of the Bronx, New York.
Sat, 06/11/2016 Bicycle Accident Giovanni Nin, 26, killed in bicycle collision with hit-and-run driver on E. Tremont Ave. in the Bronx, New York
Mon, 05/30/2016 Truck Accident Driver injured in crash resulting in semi truck falling off Cross Bronx Expressway in the Bronx, New York
Sat, 04/30/2016 Car Accident Elizabeth Wimmer, 58, killed and three people injured in two-vehicle crah in Woodlawn Heights neighborhood of the Bronx, New York
Sun, 04/10/2016 Car Accident One woman critically injured and one person injured in two-vehicle collision at Mosholu Parkway and Webster Ave. in the Bronx, New York
Mon, 03/07/2016 Pedestrian Accident Madeline Bengochea, 47, critically injured in pedestrian collision with hit-and-run driver at Williamsbridge Road and Waring Avenue in The Bronx, New York
Sun, 02/28/2016 Pedestrian Accident Jose Contreras, 63, killed in pedestrian collision with hit-and-run driver on Webster Avenue in the Bronx, New York
Fri, 01/08/2016 Pedestrian Accident Man killed in pedestrian collision with two hit-and-run drivers on East 170th Street in the Bronx, New York
Mon, 12/07/2015 Pedestrian Accident Thomas Kirby, 47, killed by hit-and-run driver just outside his home on Bruckner Blvd at Willis Ave in the Bronx, New York
Sat, 10/31/2015 Pedestrian Accident Louis Perez, 65, Nyanna Aquil, 10, and Kristian Leka, 24, killed and several injured when car hits them on sidewalk in Morris Park neighborhood of the Bronx, New York
Sat, 10/31/2015 Car Accident One person killed and several injured in car wreck at Morris Park and Radcliff avenues in the Bronx, New York
Wed, 10/14/2015 Car Accident Wendell Cheeseboro, 29, killed and passenger critically injured in single-vehicle crash on Bruckner Expressway in the Bronx, New York
Mon, 10/12/2015 Car Accident Cheniqua Silva, 37, killed and multiple people injured in truck crash into building at East 138th Street and Willow Avenue in Port Morris section of the Bronx, New York
Wed, 09/30/2015 Car Accident Six people injured, two critically, in car crash at Valentine Avenue and East Kingsbridge Road in the Bronx, New York
Fri, 09/18/2015 Pedestrian Accident Luis Inoa, 23, killed in pedestrian collision with bus at West 231st Street and Kingsbridge Avenue in the Bronx, New York
Fri, 09/11/2015 Bicycle Accident Bicyclist Gabriela Aguilar-Vallinos, 27, dies in hit-and-run collision with alleged driver Michael Moreno, 25, on the City Island Bridge in the Bronx, New York
Fri, 06/12/2015 Car Accident Pregnant woman and three other people injured in multi-vehicle crash on Boston Road in the Bronx, New York
Thu, 06/04/2015 Car Accident Ethan Villavicencio, 7, killed after being hit by SUV driven by Kwasi Oduro, 73, in restaurant on Westchester Ave. in the Bronx, New York
Sun, 05/24/2015 Pedestrian Accident 7-year-old girl seriously injured in pedestrian collision with hit-and-run driver on 214th Street in the Bronx, New York
Sat, 05/16/2015 Pedestrian Accident 12-year-old boy seriously injured in pedestrian crash with hit-and-run driver on Logan Avenue in the Bronx, New York: police ask for public’s help

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Multiple-Car Crash Statin Island

1 killed, 13 hurt in Staten Island crash.

1 killed, 13 hurt in Staten Island crash

An out-of-control car causes crash killing 1 leaving 12 injured in Statin Island.

One person was killed and 13 others injured Sunday in a chain-reaction crash involving as many as 10 cars on Staten Island, according to NYPD.

The accident happened at about 2 p.m. at the intersection of Victory Boulevard and Travis Avenue, according to police.

According to witnesses it appeared that the driver of a Lexus pulled into the intersection and went airborne after hitting several cars.

The Lexus then struck several other vehicles.

The woman driving the Lexus has been hospitalized stated in critical condition. Witnesses report that the crash was horrific.

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Suffolk County Pays $5.8 million To Accident Victim

SUFFOLK COUNTY, NEW YORK — A state appellate division, reversing a lower-court ruling, has ordered Suffolk County to pay $5.8 million to a former Verizon worker who suffered disabling back injuries when he was hit by a county parks truck in 2009.

The 4-0 decision, reinstates the multimillion dollar award a jury made in August 2014 to Jason Kowalsky, a lineman who was rear-ended by a county parks truck on County Road 21 in, leaving him disabled.

Newsday reports (http://nwsdy.li/1TnII9e ) This decision in Brooklyn reinstates Jason Kowalsky’s 2014 jury award.

Kowalsky underwent back surgery after he was hit in Middle Island, NY in 2009 while putting equipment away. He sued, accusing the Suffolk County driver of being inattentive and using poor judgment.

A state Supreme Court justice had called the original award excessive and reduced it to $750,000.

This case is a prime example where a city employee / government entity is found responsible for a car accident, leaving an accident victim disabled.

The county parks employee was driving a government-owned vehicle, and then rear-end Jason Kowalsky the victim. The accident happened while the county employee was on he clock, working, at the time, of the accident.

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$700K Awarded to passenger in three-car collision

Passenger awarded 700k for injuries, pain and suffering from rear end collision.

In the motor vehicle accident trial Agrest v. Murphy involving a three-car rear end collision that occurred in November 2013 in Staten Island. Alla Agrest, 47 year old was at a full stop when her car was struck from the rear, and she claimed she felt two impacts. Myriam Volpe, was driving the vehicle directly behind Agrest. John Murphy’s car was last in the chain. Each party maintaining that the other hit first and pushed their car into Agrest’s, but the jury found both equally at fault.

Alla Agrest claimed that she required anterior cervical discectomy (ACDF) and fusion surgery to repair herniation’s and other injuries to her neck as a result of the accident. The procedure removes a herniated or degenerative disc in the neck area of the spine, after which a bone graft is inserted to fuse together the bones above and below the disc space. Agrest also underwent arthroscopic surgery to her right knee.

The defendants all maintained that either the accident worsened chronic physical conditions, or that Agrest’s injuries were not that serious. The jury, however, saw thing differently and awarded Agrest a total of $700,000 in damages, including $500,000 for past pain and suffering. The trial ended this last week in Kings County Civil Term.

The baloney in the sandwich, rear end crashes are a good percentage of the cases our law office picks up.  Anyone injured in a rear-end accident as the driver or passenger, caused by negligence deserves full compensation for their injuries and should discuss a legal claim with our law firm by calling at 718-233-3913 as soon as possible. says Paul Ajlouny, New York car accident attorney.

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Serious injury can occur as cases in a rear-end accident:

  • Fractures
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Loosing teeth
  • Whiplash (neck injury)
  • Back injuries
  • Crushed limbs
  • Internal Injuries
  • Bruising or contusions
  • Burns
  • Spinal cord injury (SCI)

Getting rear ended can cause severe injuries in the chest, head, neck and spine. Whiplash being the most common injury sustained in a rear ended accident as a result of movement of the head forwards and then backwards very quickly.

There are about 1.7 million rear-end collisions on U.S. roadways each year. About 1,7000 people die in those collisions and another 500,000 are hurt. according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

In a report accompanying the recommendation, the NTSB pointed to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which found that 87 percent of rear-end collisions happened because the driver simply wasn’t paying attention to the road.

The NTSB said that cell phones and other non-driving related systems in cars contributed to that distraction.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics:

  • 23% of crashes are run-off-road/loss of control incidents
  • 28% of crashes are rear-end collisions
  • 9% of crashes were caused by bad lane changes

SOURCE: National Transportation Safety Board 

 

 

 

 

*Breaking* Pedestrians struck in Flatbush accident

**Breaking News Pedestrians Struck** Woman, 2 children hurt after being hit by vehicle in East Flatbush.

In EAST FLATBUSH, Brooklyn Monday May 16th at around 9:15 a.m. a woman and two children were hospitalized after pedestrians were hit by a vehicle.

The accident happened on Utica Avenue and Rutland Road in East Flatbush just before 9:15 a.m.

According to witnesses two SUVs were involved in the crash and a suspect was taken into custody at the scene.

The women hit has also been reported as pushing a stroller. Reports indicate that a driver was fleeing NYPD.

This story is still developing.

FLATBUSH: Woman and 2 children hospitalized in serious condition after being hit by car on Utica Ave and Rutland Rd.

FLATBUSH: Woman and 2 children hospitalized in serious condition after being hit by car on Utica Ave and Rutland Rd.

More than 5,000 bystanders and passengers have been killed in police car chases since 1979, and tens of thousands more were injured as officers repeatedly pursued drivers at high speeds and in hazardous conditions, often for minor infractions, a USA TODAY analysis shows.

The bystanders and the passengers in chased cars account for nearly half of all people killed in police pursuits from 1979 through 2013, USA TODAY found. Most bystanders were killed in their own cars by a fleeing driver. Read More

Despite the Justice Department’s warning, the number of chase-related deaths in 2013 was higher than the number in 1990 — 322 compared to 317, according to records of the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which analyzes all fatal motor-vehicle crashes.

Based on monthly NYPD figures, 168 pedestrians and 10 cyclists were killed by city motorists in 2013, and 16,059 pedestrians and cyclists were injured. These numbers are preliminary, and official data from the state DMV won’t be available until later this year. In 2012, 135 pedestrians and 17 cyclists were killed by NYC drivers, according to the DMV, and 14,327 pedestrians and cyclists were injured.

Of 134 pedestrian and cyclist fatalities reported in 2013 by Streetsblog and other outlets, 19 were hit-and-run crashes in which the driver or drivers were not immediately caught or identified. Of the remaining 115 crashes, nine motorists were known to have been charged with homicide. In five of those cases, the driver was also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. One crash resulted from a police chase. In two cases, the driver was accused of running over the victim intentionally. Only once in 2013 was a sober driver charged with homicide for killing a pedestrian or cyclist in a crash that did not involve a personal dispute or fleeing police.

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$360K in car accident trial

Earzel Riddick was injured in a motor vehicle collision Oct. 28, 2012 collision. Riddick was a front seat passenger in a car that had slowed for an ambulance at an intersection in Crown Heights. The car was then rear-ended by Sutherland’s car. The trial Earzel Riddick v. Hugo Sutherland resulted in the jury awarding Riddick $260,000 for future and $100,000 for past pain and suffering.

Riddick’s vehicle lurched forward about a car’s length, in testimony, he was wearing a seatbelt and hit the dashboard in a heavy impact. Emergency responders were summoned to the scene of the collision, but Riddick refused medical attention. His reason: He was worried about an imminent storm and close proximity to his home.

However, according to Riddick, he felt pain the very next day, and went to the ER. As seen in many car accident cases he was given pain medication, sent home and had not had any X-rays. He cited delays in follow-up treatment for his injuries, and alleged that he eventually required three surgeries. The argument in defense was that the claimant suffered significant limitations directly related to the accident.

In the end the jury sided with Earzel Riddick and awarded him 360K for his pain and injury.

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New York Car Accident Attorney, Paul Ajlouny weighs in, “Delay In Medical Treatment Can Hurt Your Personal Injury Case. We see it all the time. Accident victims do not always necessarily feel injured immediately following a car accident. They feel o.k. after the accident, but then the next day, they feel pain, so then they decide to go see a doctor.

Even if the car accident is the other guy’s fault, and his insurance is offering a settle, your still in jeopardy. In the long run your injuries will be a huge determination of what your awarded. A really good attorney can pursue compensation for damages.” Says Mr. Ajlouny.

 

 

Hit and Run in Queens Leaves Man Dead

Search On For Driver Who Left Man Dead In Queens Hit-And-Run

The accident happened just before 11 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of 30th Road and 21st Street in Astoria

Police said a 45-year-old man was in the roadway on 21st Street when he was hit by a southbound dark-colored sedan. The vehicle then fled the scene, according to

Emergency responders found the man lying in the road with severe trauma. He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead.

Late Thursday afternoon, detectives were going to each corner and checking every building – and every camera – in their effort to track down the offending driver.

According to residents on 21st Street at 30th Road in Astoria, people just speed up and down here all the time. It’s turned into a raceway.
There is no traffic light there, no speed limits, just fast moving traffic and dangerous circumstances to everyone around.

Pedestrians, and drivers both are in danger at this intersection. It’s a known danger; no reason for drivers to slow down. Speed is a given that a driver is going to hit a person.

NYPD is urging the public to come forward, as residents hoped for the city to do more to protect them.

Residents said the city has installed more lights along 21st Street, but clearly not at 30th Road. They hoped the accident would cause that to change.

The identity of the victim has not been released.

Reactions to this accident:

  • We are dealing with a much larger problem. Motorists driving on 21st as if it was a highway. Pedestrians crossing streets, oftentimes in the middle of the road, disregarding oncoming vehicle. No one cares.
  • There needs to be more than one traffic signal installed on 21st Street. Driving on the section between the QBbridge and Astoria Blvd can be harrowing at times, and as a pedestrian, I completely avoid crossing it whenever possible. How many have been killed or injured on that street over the years?
  • We should just close 21st street off to motorists. That will solve the problem. Then pedestrians need only fear bicyclists and mopeds.
  • The police just need to patrol the street and ticket people for speeding. If drivers are not penalized for going over the speed limit, like they do on this street, they will continue to break the law.
  • DOT or any other agency is not responsible for hit-and-run drivers nor their actions. As reprehensible as the act is, the (stupid) accusation equates to someone using a hammer and being responsible for the guy on the other side of the city taking a bath and splashing water.

Queens car accident lawyer, Paul Ajlouny weighs in on this accident, “All measures need to be taken to ensure the safety of pedestrians at this intersection, DOT needs to take another look at the intersection for potential safety enhancemen­ts.

No matter what, drivers need to abide by the law and drive safely. Bottom line intersections can be very dangerous areas, for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. Wake-up New York. ” Says Mr. Ajlouny.

 

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