A sanitation truck caused a fatal pedestrian accident in New York City earlier this week which claimed the life of 56-year old Jodi McGrath. According to published reports, Mrs. McGrath was crossing the street at the intersection of First Avenue and East 92nd Street on the Upper East Side just after 4 AM on March 15th when a sanitation truck crashed into her. The commercial truck accident in Manhattan appeared to be relatively insignificant at first.
Rescue crews arrived on scene quickly and transported the victim to nearby New York Presbyterian Hospital with what at first appeared to be minor injuries. However, soon after arriving at the hospital Mrs. McGrath’s condition rapidly deteriorated. She succumbed to her wounds and doctors were unable to revive her.
An NYPD investigation of this latest commercial truck accident in Manhattan revealed that the truck–a privately owned sanitation vehicle – was making a left turn when it struck the victim who was crossing with the light. The intersection has a history of accidents involving pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists according to area locals. One individual (a doorman at a nearby hotel) told reporters “The cars around that corner, they come flying.”
The driver of the truck (who remained on scene) was issued a minor summons for failure to yield to a pedestrian–the standard criminal penalty for drivers involved in fatal pedestrian accident in New York City. However, the victim’s family members have the right to file a civil lawsuit against the driver, the company he works and the owner of the vehicle . Similar suits have sought awards for pain and suffering for the time the victim survived after the accident, medical and funeral expenses and lost financial support for dependents.
If the breadwinner of the family has been injured or killed in a truck accident in New York City, all avenues must be explored to guarantee the family’s financial future. Contact an expert New York City pedestrian accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel for a free consultation at 646-736-2777 or 212-385-1122.