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NYC Firefighter Killed in Elizabeth Motorcycle Accident

By Lependorf & Silverstein on October 22, 2013

A 56-year-old veteran New York City firefighter was killed in a motorcycle crash after he was struck by a vehicle whose driver, officials suspect, was under the influence. According to a CBS News report, the incident occurred when the firefighter was heading from Pennsylvania to work at Engine 159 on Staten Island. Police said the 24-year-old driver of a Honda Accord rolled through a stop sign in Elizabeth and hit the motorcycle. The man was thrown from his bike as he made a maneuver to try and avoid the collision. He was struck by the car and thrown about 30 feet.

Officials detected the odor of alcohol in the driver’s breath and also noted that his eyes were bloodshot. The driver has been charged with second-degree vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated (DWI), and other offenses. Area residents say the intersection where this collision occurred is notorious for accidents. They say there is the need for a traffic light there. This incident occurred about 100 yards from the site of another fatal crash that took place about three weeks ago.

In such cases, at-fault drivers, in addition to facing criminal charges, can also be held financially responsible for the victim’s wrongful death. Family members of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for lost future income, medical costs, and funeral expenses, among other damages.

The experienced New Jersey motorcycle accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long and successful track record of dealing with fatal crash cases. We know what it takes to help victims and their families obtain fair and full compensation for their significant losses. Please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.

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