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A drunken driver crashed his van into a Suffolk County police cruiser and fled the scene on Saturday night in the eastbound lanes of Sunrise Highway near the William Floyd Parkway. Long Island News 12 reported that the accident occurred in Brookhaven, where the police officer had pulled his marked cruiser off to the side of the road to help a driver whose vehicle was on fire. Rescue personnel airlifted the officer to Stony Brook University Hospital, and hospital staff determined that his injuries were not life threatening.
The driver of the van fled the accident scene on foot and was later taken into custody. Police identified him as 27-year-old Carolos Morocho. He had been charged with DWI two times previously and currently faces criminal charges for DWI, leaving the scene of an accident, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, failure to move over for an emergency vehicle, false personation and operating a vehicle without an interlock device.
During the arraignment hearing on Sunday, Morocho pled not guilty but was held on $150,000 bond or $75,000 cash bail.
When injuries are serious based on the NY State serious injury threshold, and the other party is at fault for causing the accident, you can recover compensation for injuries through a civil lawsuit. Generally, lawyers pursue civil lawsuits after the criminal lawsuit concludes. Attorneys represent seriously injured parties to help them recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages related to the accident.
Early on Tuesday, October 20, an SUV tried to evade police pursuit and drove the wrong way down Northern State Parkway, according Long Island News 12. The SUV crashed into another car east of exit 41. Two people died as a result of this fatal crash around 2:30 a.m. Police closed the freeway between exits 41 and 42 after the accident.
Clearly, the car being pursued by the authorities and driving the wrong way down the freeway was at fault for causing the accident. The driver of the car that the SUV struck was killed which is why the outcome of the accident could lead to a wrongful death suit.
Wrongful death is difficult at best, and families who suffer from an unexpected loss of their loved ones face tremendous emotional loss, often compounded by financial hardships. No one is ever prepared to deal with such a tragedy. When wrongful, the death becomes a legal matter, and having experienced accident lawyers to take on your case can provide you with effective guidance and support during a time when support is needed most.
Death falls under the serious injury threshold covered by New York laws, and surviving family members have the right to sue to recover damages. Damages often include funeral
expenses, loss of income of the deceased, mental pain and suffering, and loss of companionship and protection.
Our attorneys at Palermo Tuohy Bruno offer a free consultation where we explain your rights and discuss the prospects of pursuing a case to recover damages. You owe no fees unless we recover through verdict or settlement.