Staten Island Teen Collects $400K in Police Truck Lawsuit
June 27th, 2011|
June 27, 2011
A teenager from Silver Lake, New York, settled her lawsuit with the city for $400,000 after a December 2009 accident in Staten Island in which a police truck badly injured her when it plowed into her Volkswagen Jetta.
The accident, which occurred around 12:30 a.m. on December 5, 2009, caused the woman, then 17, to suffer a ruptured spleen as well as hip and rib fractures. It also demolished the Jetta, which belonged to her father.
In court, there were differing testimonies about what speed the NYPD Emergency Services Unit 5 truck driver was going when approaching the intersection of Forest Avenue, where the woman was proceeding through a green light when the truck crashed into her.
State law mandates that emergency vehicle operators may proceed through a steady or passing signal so long as they have slowed down “as may be necessary for safe operation.”
According to Staten Island Advance, emergency vehicles are required by law to proceed “with due regard for the safety of all persons” and are responsible for “the consequences of reckless disregard for the safety of others.”
A similar incident occurred in nearby Donogan Hills on March 9 when a fire truck that was responding to a call collided with a van, killing a 51-year-old man. An NYPD spokesman says that investigation is ongoing.