A tragic bicycle accident in Brooklyn that left a teenager dead last month was completely avoidable. That’s the conclusion that NYPD investigators came to after they discovered the driver of the car involved was significantly impaired at the time of the crash.
Sean Ryan, a 17-year old recent graduate from Xaverian High School, was riding his bicycle along Gerritsen Avenue-just a mile from his home-when he was struck and killed by an automobile operated by 24-year old Thomas Groarke. Police investigating the crash concluded that Groarke was speeding at the time and attempting to overtake another vehicle when he struck the victim. Officers administered a sobriety test and Groarke’s blood alcohol content was found to be more than twice the legal limit.
Groake was arrested at the scene of the deadly bicycle accident in New York and charged with manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and driving while impaired.
Bicycle Accidents in New York City on the Rise
This is the thirteenth fatal bicycle accident in New York City this year alone. That’s almost three times the figure for this time last year, despite of all the safety measures put in place by the Mayor’s Office. and the NYPD. If this trend continues, 2016 may be one of the deadliest for New York bicyclists in recent years.
Ryan’s death was also the third drunk driving death in New York City in one week.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits in New York City
Regardless of the criminal charges against Groarke, the victim’s surviving family members have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit in New York City on his behalf. The family has the right to recover unpaid medical and funeral expenses, the loss of financial support if applicable, and for pain and suffering for the period of time Sean survived after the accident.
If you were injured while riding your bicycle or crossing the street or have lost a loved one , contact an expert New York City bicycle accident attorney at the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel to discuss your case. Call (800) 734-9338 or (212) 385-1122 today.