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Wrongful death suit possible after car kills teen in crosswalk

On Behalf of | Jul 4, 2018 | Wrongful Death

A New York family has to cope with the trauma of losing a child who was on the brink of adulthood. While no amount of money can lessen the suffering of parents and siblings under such circumstances, a monetary judgment entered in a wrongful death claim can ease the unanticipated financial burden. The costs of end-of-life arrangements can cause havoc in any family’s financial stability.

According to the New York City Police Department, the incident occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m. on a recent Monday. It involved a 17-year-old girl who crossed a street at an intersection. Reportedly, she was in the crosswalk when she was struck by a car. Officers report that they arrived at the scene to find the girl with obvious and severe trauma to her head.

She was rushed to a hospital by paramedics, but she succumbed to her injuries. Law enforcement say the driver who struck the girl was an 88-year-old woman who remained at the crash scene. NYPD officers arrested her for failing to take due care, failing to yield for a pedestrian and disregarding a red traffic light.

While families grieve the loss of loved ones whose deaths were caused by the negligence of others, an experienced New York attorney can set the wheels in motion for a wrongful death lawsuit. The lawyer can launch an independent investigation into the accident to established negligence, which will enable the court to determine liability. The attorney can also assist with documenting claims for financial and emotional damages to be adjudicated by the court.


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