At around 6 p.m. on Dec. 23, a 78-year-old man was killed in a pedestrian accident in New York. The fatal incident took place in the East Flatbush area of Brooklyn while the bus driver was attempting to make a turn onto New York Avenue from Farragut Road. The pedestrian who was struck was pronounced dead at the scene.
Following the accident, the 57-year-old bus driver was taken into police custody. He received a misdemeanor charge for failure to yield that could ultimately land him behind bars for up to 15 days. He could also be fined $50.
According to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the bus driver who fatally struck the pedestrian had been driving since 2007. While the investigation is ongoing, the driver is not being allowed to return to work. The man's co-workers and union representatives were reportedly upset by his arrest after the fatal crash. In protest, the other bus drivers refused to drive for a brief period of time. Some Brooklyn bus depots experienced delays as long as 20 minutes.
The family of someone killed in a pedestrian accident like this one might want to hold the liable parties accountable by filing a wrongful death claim. Many families who have lost a loved one in this way choose to seek help from an attorney while preparing a civil claim. An attorney might be able to help the family identify of all of the liable parties and gather the appropriate evidence to prepare a claim against them.
Source: PIX 11, "NYC bus driver arrested after pedestrian killed", December 25, 2014