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Drunk NY detective involved in car crash

An intoxicated off-duty detective was involved in a rear end car accident in Queens resulting in one person critically injured early Sunday, according to NYPD sources.

Off Duty Drunk Detective involved in crash on Van Wyck Expressway, Queens

Off Duty Drunk Detective involved in crash on Van Wyck Expressway, Queens

Neville Smith, 32, a detective out of the NYPD 48th Precinct in the Bronx, was preparing to enter the southbound lanes of the Van Wyck Expressway when he rear-ended another vehicle on the entrance ramp near Rockaway Blvd. in the early morning hours, around 4 a.m.

The collision critically injured a 22-year-old woman in the other car. She was immediately transported to Jamaica Hospital where she remain in serious condition.

Two other passengers, a 21-year-old woman and 20-year-old man, were rushed to the same hospital with minor injuries.

Neville Smith suffered some minor head and neck injuries and was also taken to Jamaica Hospital before being charged with driving while intoxicated. (DWI)

He was later charged with several counts of vehicular assault, assault and refusal to take a breathalyzer test.

History of officer involved crashes:

  • Off-duty cop killed, sergeant critically injured in Bronx crash – 27-year-old officer died in a horrifying late-night crash when a speeding car driven by a fellow cop careened into a tree stump, flipped upside down — and burst into a fireball.
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – Updated: Thursday, February 2, 2017, 11:12 PM

  • Abad faces a 27-count indictment after the March 20, 2015 crash, where he allegedly crashed head-on into a tractor-trailer while driving home drunk from a Staten Island strip club. Abad, according to testimony, had been drinking with three other men from Linden. Two passengers in the car — fellow Linden officer Frank Viggiano and Linden resident Joseph Rodriguez, both 28 — were killed in the crash. A third Linden officer, Patrik Kudlac, then 23, was also in the car. Kudlac and Abad were both critically injured.

  • Driver killed, off-duty cop arrested in Sunrise Hwy. crash, police say. Robert Scheuerer, 24, an officer in the Third Precinct who was off-duty at the time of the crash, was charged with felony first-degree reckless endangerment, police said. He remained hospitalized Tuesday night with serious injuries and had not yet been arraigned, police said.

  • Off-Duty Officer Charged in Fatal Brooklyn Crash Is Fired. The accident occurred around 3 a.m. on Saturday, near Bedford Avenue and North Eighth Street. Mr. Batka’s Dodge Durango ran off the road and onto a sidewalk, striking Mr. Esquivel and his friends, all in their 20s, as they walked past a row of townhouses, the police and prosecutors said. Photos taken after the crash showed the S.U.V. almost entirely off the pavement. Mr. Batka refused a Breathalyzer test, the police said. He had been scheduled to begin another shift on Saturday at 7 a.m.

 

In the last 48 hours New York Crashes

 

Drunk motorist crashes car into Long Island living room

An intoxicated dr served out of driver loses control of his vehicle and crashes right into a residents Long Island living room early Saturday morning. Gerard Tegins, 20, runs a stop sign at 2:30 a.m. heading southbound on Harrison and Parkside avenues in the Miller Place section of Suffolk County, according to authorities.

Then the 20 year old driver then crosses several front lawns on the block before crashing into a house at 352 Parkside Avenue. He was rushed to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson and treated for minor injuries, cops said.

“A Little Advice, Drinking and Driving Kills.” Say’s Paul Ajlouny, New York Car Accident Lawyer, “30 people in the US die in motor vehicle crashes that involve drunk drivers.

Statistically averaging out to one death every 51 minutes. So as life saving as this message has been, we still see drunk driving — Just NOT OK. Make a personal vow to drive sober but also STOP anyone under the influence from drinking and driving. Tackle the, take their keys away,answer that call when they are calling for a ride, MAKE A DIFFERENCE!”

Deadly Crash In The Bronx

According to NYPD an early morning car crash on Eastchester av. in the Bronx leaves 1 dead and 3 others seriously injured. Saturday, April 18 2015.

Deadly crash in Bronx

The deadly Crash happened at 222nd Street and Eastchester Road at 2 a.m. Saturday morning.

A 43-year-old man was killed early Saturday when his BMW was T-boned in the Bronx and sent hurtling into a pole, officials said. Alvin Fuster was traveling at a high rate of speed on E. 222nd St. near Eastchester Rd. in Baychester at 2 a.m. when he was struck by a Dodge Avenger, police said. The force of the horrifying impact sent the BMW off the street and into a utility pole.

“Just this last week there was another devastating, deadly crash that killed two  people on the Grand Central Pkwy service road due to high speed. These deadly high speed accidents should send a clear message to drivers, yet people continue to use New York city streets as if they are Nascar drivers. A bit of advice, “slow down!”, says New York car accident lawyer, Paul Ajlouny.

Dozens, including 23 children, hospitalized after truck and school bus collide in Queens Village.

23 children were taken to Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park for observation when a truck that was hit by a school bus crashed into a fruit stand on Hillside Avenue and Hollis Court Boulevard in Queens Village on Friday, April 17, 2015, according to NYPD. Three people were also taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.

Truck Vs. School Bus

School bus Vs truck crash, truck propels into Queens Village grocery store New Giant Farm.

2 people hospitalized in rollover crash after suspected car chase

Two people were hospitalized after a car rolled over at the end of a suspected high-speed pursuit. According to witnesses, a driver in a Lincoln MKZ tried to out run pursuing police. The car hit the median, then a taxi and ultimately flipped.

The rollover happened near I.S. 313 Diana Sands School in the Bronx. EMT says the two people injured in the crash were taken to Saint Barnabas Hospital. The two hurt people were the driver of the Lincoln and the driver of the cab.

Police Car Chase Accident

2 hospitalized in rollover after suspected car chase (4/17/15)

Driving Under the Influence

Fatal Vehicular Accident Reported in Lynbrook

A Lynbrook, NY man speeding on Sunrise Highway careened his car into another vehicle causing the death of a Lynbrook  man and his passenger, while allegedly high on drugs. John A. Aniano, 25, was operating his 2004 Mercedes Benz west on Sunrise Highway at a high rate of speed when he struck a 2005 Toyota in the rear driven by John Jones, 54 of Lynbrook and his front passenger Sharon Rene Long, 53 of Lynbrook.

The 2005 Toyota was redirected to the east bound lanes when it then struck a 2007 Toyota on the driver’s side of the vehicle. The defendant’s vehicle continued west and eventually came to rest in the vicinity east of Atlantic Avenue.

Lynbrook Fatal Accident

Lynbrook Fatal Accident on 1/12/15 Sunrise Hway and Forest Ave

The 25 year old, Aniano, was said to allegedly be under the influence of drugs, as Homicide Squad detectives stated.

Those drugs included marijuana. Also, two prescription bottles were found in his vehicle. Aniano was charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter, two counts of second degree vehicular manslaughter and driving while ability impaired.

A  witness who saw the accident described the car going at least 100mph when the car he hit was decimated.

Paul  Ajlouny, New York car accident attorney, weighs in on this tragic accident,  “This is a devastating accident, with a senseless loss of life. Our condolences go out to the family who lost two of their loved ones. This is also a sad reminder to anyone that chooses to get behind the wheel while under the influence. Nothing good comes from driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.” Says Mr. Ajlouny.

If a driver is under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana, the risk of a fatal crash is high. Currently, one of nine drivers involved in fatal crashes would test positive for marijuana,” Dr. Guohua Li, director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia, and co-author of the study told HealthDay News.

'drive high, get a DUI'

How high does someone have to be before he can be convicted of a DUI?

Should medical marijuana be legal in New York?

There has been a debate, more so recently, whether medical marijuana should be legal in New York. People even as Nancy Grace have been debating the issue of “weed” against the rapper known as 2 Chainz.

During the debate, a video is shown where someone forced their 2 year old to smoke weed. 2 Chainz thinks that the person had a crack problem, yet on the other hand,

Nancy Grace debates that the reason this person is doing something so horrible, is because they are high on marijuana. Nancy Grace states that people who are high on pot, in this video, is putting his children at danger and making unfounded decisions when high on pot. 2

Is it OK to smoke before driving?

Chainz on the other hand compares the legalization of alcohol to the legalization of marijuana. Nancy Grace could argue that driving under the influence of alcohol has serious, deadly affects. Therefore, the effect that alcohol can have when one is driving is the same effect that marijuana could have when one is driving under the influence.

If one is pulled over, and believed to be drinking under the influence, the police will ask that person to complete various tasks. If you are able to complete these various tasks, then there is a good chance that the person is not drunk. There various tasks are known as the “standard field sobriety test.” Yet, “it is no where as good as spotting a stoned driver.” I

In 2012, a study that was published, stated that only 30 percent of people under the influence of THC failed the field test. THC is the active ingredient in marijuana. “It’s ability to identify a stoned driver seems to depend heavily on whether the driver is accustomed to being stoned.”

Another study was conducted where 50 percent of the less frequent smokers failed the field test. A major problem is that a lot of people, asked over phone surveys, don think that D.U.I laws apply to marijuana.

Yet, evidence shows that that is not the case, and that one does not “drive better while high.” Marijuana use does causes deficits that affect driving ability.

In a state, such as Colorado, there were deaths that were directly linked to pot. A 47 year old man ate marijuana infused candy and then fatally shot his wife.

Also, a 19 year old student had ingested a marijuana cookie and then jumped to his death. The way that someone reacts to marijuana depends on ones size, what they have eaten and the medications they take.

For some people, one hit from a pipe or bong could leave them feeling as if they have had five drinks. Researches at Columbia University state, “Marijuana use doubles the risk of being in a car accident if you drive soon after smoking it, and it causes more car accidents than any other illicit drugs.” The researchers found that it contributed to 12% of traffic deaths in the U.S. in 2010.

Car crashes are the leading cause of death of 18- to 25-year-olds in the U.S., and driving under the influence is a major cause of accidents. Not every state conducts routine toxicology

In a 2012 study in the journal Addiction found that 57.3 percent of the drivers in this age group who died were on some kind of mind-altering substance, usually alcohol. [The History of 8 Hallucinogens]

Just please remember before you get behind the wheel, don’t drive and drive, don’t text and drive, and don’t smoke and drive. We all have to work together to keep our streets safe, and smoking marijuana and getting behind the wheel is just as dangerous and drinking and driving.

Chelsea Horowitz (Ajlouny Injury Law. )

[1] http://www.longislandpress.com/2015/01/13/lynbrook-man-high-on-drugs-in-crash-that-killed-2-cops-say/
[1] http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/01/nancy-grace-2-chainz-debate.html
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[1] http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/01/13/half-teen-young-adult-car-crash-deaths-involve-pot-or-alcohol/

Texting while driving

Texting while driving is a dangerous epidemic that plagues our county today. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a car accident is 23 times more likely to happen when a driver is texting. 30 percent of all car crashes in the United States result from drivers who admit to texting right before the accident. What about the ones that don’t admit it.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control, nine people are killed each day across the country in distracted-driving incidents.

Studies astonishingly found that texting while driving is more dangerous than driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 – the percentage almost every state uses to determine intoxication. Research at the Virginia Tech Driving Institute revealed: The minimum amount of time a driver is distracted from driving while texting is five seconds. At sixty miles an hour a car travels over one hundred yards in five seconds – the full length of a football field.”

According to New York car accident lawyer Paul Ajlouny, “The numbers of serious injury accidents caused by texting drivers has steadily risen every year. We get calls weekly from injured accident victims as a result of distracted driving — texting while driving which have increased the number of personal injury lawsuits we handle at our firm.”, says Mr.  Ajlouny.

In 2012 Marilyn Mattei and her sons were badly injured in a wreck, caused by another motorist who was texting. Ms. Mattei, 54, was driving northbound in her 2008 Ford Fusion with her sons in the passenger seats. Nicole Fischman, then 22, was southbound in her 2006 Honda Civic and lost control while texting.

She sideswiped a car, driven by Jeremiah Kohn, in the lane next to her and both vehicles veered over the median divider into the northbound lanes.

Kohn’s vehicle slammed head-on into the Matteis’ Fusion, which another vehicle then struck from behind.

Ms. Mattei suffered right-ankle and rib fractures and other injuries; Patrick Mattei, 24, suffered several finger fractures, along with chest and arm injuries; Ryan Mattei, 19, suffered a laceration through his eyebrow that required about 80 sutures to close, along with neck and back injuries, and Stephen Mattei, 22, suffered a right wrist fracture and other injuries.

Ms. Fischman, of Randolph, N.J., was cited for texting while driving, a violation.

The matter was recently settled at mediation for $600,000:

  • $310,000 for Marilyn Mattei
  • $210,000 for Patrick Mattei
  • $45,000 for Ryan Mattei
  • $35,000 for Stephen Mattei

In 2011 Gov. Andrew Cuomo, signed a law making the use a hand-held electronic device for texting while driving a primary traffic offense in New York.

The penalty for texting while driving was raised last year to five points from three points on offenders’ driver’s licenses.

Texting While Driving Statistics

  • National Safety Council Estimates that at Least 1.6 Million Crashes Each Year Involve Drivers Using Cell Phones and Texting.
  • Despite the risks, the majority of teen drivers ignore cell phone driving restrictions.
  • Talking on a cell phone while driving can make a young driver’s reaction time as slow as that of a 70-year-old.
  • 56% of teenagers admit to talking on their cell phones behind the wheel, while 13% admit to texting while driving. (Note: Because this information was given voluntarily by teens, actual cell phone use numbers may be much higher.)
  • 40% of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger.48% of young Americans from 12-17 say they’ve been in a car while the driver was texting.
  • 52% of 16 and 17 year-old teen drivers confess to making and answering cell phone calls on the road. 34% admit to text messaging while driving. Teens themselves confirm that texting is their number one driving distraction.
  • 11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.
  • 18% of injury crashes in 2010 were reported as distraction-affected crashes.
  • Each year, 21% of fatal car crashes involving teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 were the result of cell phone usage. This result has been expected to grow as much as 4% every year
  • When asked about the impact of sending text messages or e-mails while driving, however, 25% of all drivers said it makes no difference (NHTSA).
  • Of all cell phone related tasks – including talking, dialing, or reaching for the phone – texting while driving is the most dangerous.
  • Teen drivers are four times more likely than adults to get into car crashes or near crash events directly related to talking on a cell phone or texting.
  • A car driver dialing a cell phone is 2.8 times more likely to get into a crash than a non-distracted driver.
  • A driver reaching for a cell phone or any other electronic device is 1.4 times more likely to experience a car crash.
  • A car driver talking on their phone is 1.3 times more likely to get into an accident.
  • A truck driver texting while driving is 23.2 times more likely to get into an accident than a trucker paying full attention to the road.
  • A truck driver dialing a cell is 5.9 times more likely to crash.
  • A trucker reaching for a phone or other device is 6.7 times more likely to experience a truck accident.
  • For every 6 seconds of drive time, a driver sending or receiving a text message spends 4.6 of those seconds with their eyes off the road. This makes texting the most distracting of all cell phone related tasks.
  • 20 percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. (NHTSA).
  • Of those killed in distracted-driving-related crashed, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction (18% of fatalities in distraction-related crashes). (NHTSA)
  • In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in U.S. roadways and an estimated additional 448,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes that were reported to have involved distracted driving. (FARS and GES)
  • The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the under-20 age group – 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving. (NHTSA)
  • Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
  • Deaths from distracted driving rose 28% from 2005 to 2008, at the same time text messaging rates skyrocketed from 1 million texts per month in 2001 up to a staggering 110 million per month in 2008.
  • Handset ownership also ballooned-in 1999, only 33% of Americans had a cell phone, while in 2008, 91% had a cell phone. Presumably, increased ownership leads to increased in the car usage and an increase in the rate of distracted driving.
  • 6% of US drivers, at any given time, are using a cell phone while behind the wheel. Though this figure has remained steady since 2005, usage has changed from talking while driving to the more dangerous texting while driving.
  • Using a cell phone use while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent.
    – See more at: http://www.guardchild.com/distracted-driving-statistics/#sthash.WU5YO6T1.dpuf

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Breaking: Car crashes predicted this Thanksgiving weekend

Thanksgiving weekend dangerous on New York roads.

According to the The National Safety Council an estimated 418 traffic fatalities and another 44,700 serious injuries may occur from car crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Here are some suggested tips that will save your life this Thanksgiving weekend.

New York personal injury attorney, Paul Ajlouny, offers some FREE ADVICE:

Be smart and take some precautions if traveling on icy, wet stormy roads this holiday season:

  • Be smart! Buckle-up.  More than 600 police agencies across New York State will be ensuring a zero tolerance enforcement effort.
  • Stay off those cellphones – including hands-free – behind the wheel.
  • Make sure that children re securely and safely restrained.
  • Do not drink and drive! New York State police will be cracking down on drunk drivers in order to prevent injuries and save lives.
  • If the weather report indicates storms and treacherous travel conditions — consider staying home!
Car accidents in hazerdous weather

Stormy weather causes car accidents.

An estimated 41.3 million travelers are expected to hit the nation’s highways for the holiday weekend, which is a 4.3% increase over last year. Travel is going to be hazardous with both rain and snow, causing slick roads. 

The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel times in the United States, with more than 46 million Americans expected to make trips between Wednesday and Sunday, travel group AAA said. More than 89 percent will travel by car, it said.

slippery wet road conditions.

Cars make their way through the Washington bridge in New York November 26, 2014. REUTERS-Eduardo Munoz

You might want to consider staying home and staying safe.

Bronx Crash Injures 5

SUV ROLLOVER ON BRUCKNER EXPRESSWAY

Bronx Crash

The vehicle hit a guardrail on a Bronx parkway

An SUV that hit a guardrail on a Bronx parkway, flipped over several times and ejected an 11 year old boy riding in the back of the SUV, critically injuring him.

The woman behind the wheel of the SUV lost control of the vehicle heading east in the center lane of the Bruckner Expressway near Elder Ave. about 11:35 a.m., according to authorities.

The boy was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center, where he was listed in critical but stable condition.

The driver, and a 17-year-old girl and 57-year old woman riding in the back were all taken to Jacobi Medical Center in stable condition.

Paul Ajlouny, New York personal injury lawyer, weighs in this accident off the Bruckner Expressway. “Car crashes are the leading cause of children / teen injuries and fatalities since young people have the lowest seat belt usage of any age group.

Statistics show that 55 % of young people who have been seriously injured or have died in vehicle collisions, were not wearing a seat belt at the time.”  States Mr. Ajlouny.

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