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Sometimes fate takes unexpected turns that we find unexplainable. The odds are slim to none that two former police officers about the same age would die in single vehicle crashes over the same weekend. Yet, this is what occurred. Suffolk County roads once again took their toll on individuals, and in this instance, individuals who were professionally trained to drive and deal with dangerous circumstances.
This past weekend News 12 Long Island reported that two former NYPD officers died in separate Long Island vehicle crashes. Retired NYPD officer Michael Schulerer met his death at the accident scene on the Sunrise Highway Service Road in Bayport. He lost control of his Jeep when the rear wheel on the driver’s side came off, causing the Jeep to overturn and catch fire.
The other retired NYPD officer was Max Velazquez, who died when he lost control of his motorcycle and struck a guardrail on Sunrise Highway in Sayville, Sunday morning.
Both former officers died at the scene of their accidents. Schulerer was 49 and Velazquez, was 48. Both men belonged to the Blue Knights law enforcement motorcycle club.
Both accidents are under investigation to uncover details about the underlying causes.
When vehicle accidents result in death and a negligent party is liable, family members have the legal right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. Experienced Long Island lawyers can determine the compensation to which you are entitled. Clients owe no fees unless Palermo Tuohy Bruno is successful in recovering damages. Initial consultations to discuss the accident are free of charge.