NYPD Officer Killed in Car Accident Near the Queensboro Bridge in New York; Son Suing Department of Transportation for $20 Million.

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On the night of December 10, 2013, a 35-year-old, off-duty police officer named Elisa Toro was driving her Ford Focus across the Queensboro Bridge in New York City.  She was returning from a Christmas party at around 2:00 am when she lost control of her vehicle while taking a hard left turn onto the Queens Plaza Roadway.  She hit a guardrail on her driver’s side, sending her car flying through the air.  She then crashed into a glass storefront.  Emergency personnel arrived at the scene of the car accident, and found Ms. Toro’s car overturned with glass and debris scattered everywhere.  Ms. Toro was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Ms. Toro is survived by two children, including a 19-year-old son named Ricardo Paredes and an 11-year-old daughter named Alyssa Toro.  While grieving the loss of his mother, Ricardo inquired further as to the nature of the accident and the area surrounding where his mother had died.  He then discovered that in 2011, another motorist and a pedestrian had been killed in that same location, within a two-week span, after the drivers of the vehicles involved lost control at the exit ramp.

After realizing that this particular location was notoriously dangerous for New York drivers, Ricardo became angry and upset that the city had apparently known about the potential danger, but had done nothing.  As a result, he enlisted the help of a personal injury attorney and filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Department of Transportation in New York state court.  The lawsuit alleges that the Department of Transportation negligently failed to correct the blatant safety issues regarding the Queensboro bridge exit.  Ricardo is seeking $20 million in damages for the wrongful death of his mother.

As the sophistication of modern day automobile travel increases, so too does the likelihood and severity of car accidents caused by negligent driving.  However, it is crucial to recognize that not all accidents are the cause of reckless or wanton conduct behind the wheel.  Instead, the authorities responsible for protecting drivers on American roads may potentially fail to provide adequate safety measures.  Especially when state and/or federal officials are aware of the potential hazards, the legal, and therefore financial consequences may be substantial.

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