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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.

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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.

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/

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.

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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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2017 Vision Zero Progress

In 2017, under leadership, our work helped fuel a historic drop in pedestrian fatalities through a record number of street safety redesigns & turning treatments, & by reprogramming traffic signals to give pedestrians a head start .

These figures prove that for New York City’s pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists, Vision Zero is the only way forward. According to the mayor 2017 was the safest year on record! The streets of New York City have been the safest they’ve ever been since 1910.

The city reports that last year, there were 214 traffic fatalities, of which 101 were pedestrian deaths. In 2016, there were 231 total fatalities, with 148 being pedestrians. The Department of Transportation and the NYPD also report that there was one fatality among school-aged pedestrian children, the fewest ever in the city for children under 17. All boroughs, apart from Brooklyn, saw fewer traffic deaths and Queens experienced the fewest fatalities ever.

“Yes, the Vision Zero Initiative under Mayor de Blasio, in New York has been very aggressive”according to New York Car Accident Lawyer, Paul Ajlouny. “The city has done that with safer street design and safer traffic signals, not with “distracted walking” crackdowns. There is still a lot of work to do. Statistics in 2017 show that 23 cyclists lost their lives on NYC streets due to speeding vehicles.

In an increased Vision Zero push, the city kicked off a series of new safety and road improvement projects last year that included the installation of 25 miles of protected bike lanes, continuing the redesign of Queens Boulevard, and adjusting traffic signal phases to align with the city’s 25 MPH speed limit.

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Resources:

NYC Crash Mapper

Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics 2017:

From Jan, 2017 – Nov, 2017 10,852 Total Crashes

Traffic Fatalities

06 Cyclist
18 Pedestrians
13 Motorist
37 Total

Injuries 4,203

Cyclist 1,536
Ped 3,078
Motorist 10,746
Total: 15,360

 

Top Contributing Factors to Crash

  1. 10,17 Unspecified Cause
  2. 2,982 Driver Inattention / Distraction
  3. 1,498 Failure to Yield Right-of-Way
  4. 1,040 Following Too Closely
  5. 599 Traffic Control Disregarded
  6. 378 Pedestrian / Bicyclist / Other Pedestrian Error / Confusion
  7. 373 Unsafe Speed
  8. 337 Other Vehicular
  9. 332 Passing or Lane Usage Improper
  10. 235 Turning Improperly
  11. 228 Backing Unsafely
  12. 214 Alcohol Involvement
  13. 186 Driver Inexperience
  14. 177 Unsafe Lane Changing
  15. 152 View Obstructed / Limited
  16. 149 Reaction to Other Un-involved Vehicle
  17. 120 Pavement Slippery
  18. 60 Aggressive Driving / Road Rage
  19. 50 Fell Asleep
  20. 50 Brakes Defective
  21. 43 Glare
  22. 35 Lost Consciousness
  23. 30 Illness
  24. 28 Outside Car Distraction
  25. 27 Passenger Distraction
  26. 26 Fatigued / Drowsy
  27. 24 Oversized Vehicle
  28. 20 Pavement Defective
  29. 19 Drugs (Illegal)
  30. 18 Obstruction / Debris
  31. 17 Steering Failure
  32. 13 Failure to Keep Right
  33. 13 Traffic Control Device Improper / Non-Working …

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If you have been injured in a car accident, you can receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other related expenses by hiring a New York Car Accident Lawyer.

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Delivery boy struck and killed in Brooklyn

On his way to work, crossing 23rd a 15 year old is struck and killed by a BMW sedan. The driver and 2 of its occupants stayed at the scene. The driver as described by witnesses was hysterical unable to comprehend this horrific incident.

The 15-year-old, identified as Edwin Ajacalon was working as a delivery boy to support his family in Guatemala.

Boy riding bike struck, killed by car in Brooklyn

Boy riding bike struck, killed by car in Brooklyn

“Edwin Ajacalon was just trying to support his family. He was just a kid. A speeding car took his life.” Says Paul Ajlouny, New York Car Accident Lawyer.

Pedestrian – Cyclist accidents on NYC streets leave us all unnerved. Already beginning 2017 five+ people have been killed while riding their bicycles in New York.

Cyclist killed by truck driver in Greenpoint hit-and-run Jul 25, 2017
Eight Killed by Truck Attack on NYC Path | Bicycling Nov 1, 2017
Cyclist killed in hit-and-run | New York Post Sep 30, 2017
Cyclist Killed by Box Truck Driver Turning in TriBeCa Sep 14, 2017

Cyclist safety advocates have been shedding light on bicycle/vehicle collisions, and community efforts to reduce the number of people killed or severely injured while riding NY city streets.

Families of Crash Victims Call for Action at City Hall on World Day of Remembrance 

Nearly 300 people gathered to press City Hall for safer street designs and Albany for an expansion of NYC’s speed camera program.|

NYC Motorists Injured 1,271 Pedestrians and Cyclists in September, and Killed 13. City Hall reported 97 pedestrians and cyclists killed through September, and 10,345 injured, compared to 113 deaths and 11,223 injuries in the first nine months of 2016.

If you’ve been injured by a speeding/distracted driver while riding through New York, contact an New York City bicycle accident lawyer TODAY!

$10.5M to Brooklyn grandmother who lost leg in 2012 hit & run

A civil jury has awarded 10.5 million to a Brooklyn grandmother who lost her leg after an out-of-control driver ran into her at a city bus stop.

The 63-year-old grandmother Deborah Munize, had her whole world turn upside-down early morning, April 14, 2012, as she waited to take the bus to church.

A black cab, driven by then-20-year-old Maximo Espinal, jumped the curb at Montrose and Graham Aves. in Williamsburg.

Espinal after striking Munize drove off leaving his car’s bumper and license plate in the middle of the street. he ended up tuning himself in to NYPD 90th precinct stationhouse.

He pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident, and served two years in prison.

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Who do you sue?

Civil Liability and Compensation in a Hit and Run Accident Case

“Hit and run traffic accident are more severe than any ordinary traffic accident, because the responsible driver has fled the scene.

According to New York Car Accident Lawyer, Paul Ajlouny, “This is now an intentional or reckless act causing harm — a criminal act”. In New York the victim is covered under No-Fault insurance.

No-fault insurance pay medical bills and lost earnings when an individual is injured in from a car accident, regardless of who was at fault for the crash. A no-fault claim is typically made through the personal injury protection (PIP) provisions of a car insurance policy. New York is a no-fault state.

 

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