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New York State Accident Report Round Up- December 18, 2015

This week's Banville Law New York State accident round-up includes another MTA bus crash that killed a 62-year-old grandmother.

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Queens, NY: Tractor Trailer Crash Kills Driver On Queens Highway

December 16, 2015, a driver died after he crashed into a tractor-trailer on the southbound Van Wyck Expressway close to 73rd Terrace in Kew Gardens, Queens.

According to the police the driver of the Acura died at the scene. Debris was strewn across the highway as police investigated the cause of the crash.

Nassau County, NY: Four Vehicle Crash Injures Two People

On Wednesday, December 16, 2015, a four-vehicle crash caused severe injuries for at least two people and involved Nassau County's assistant fire rescue chief.

The crash occurred when Ronald Wilks from Yulee turned onto Florida 100 from William Burgess Boulevard when his car was hit by Logan Vendola who was driving a Nissan Altima. The Altima crossed into oncoming traffic causing it to hit Scott Hemmingway, who was in an unmarked Nassau County vehicle, and another driver who was in a Hyundai Accent.

Two of the drivers suffered severe injuries, while the others including a 5-year-old, had minor injuries and did not require hospitalization.

Long Island, NY: Fatal Crash In North Amityville Kills One Man

On December 15, 2015, a stolen Chevrolet Trailblazer crashed into a Honda Civic in North Amityville. The crash left one driver dead, who has been identified as 32-year-old Reginald Celifie.

Police are looking for the man who ran away on foot after the crash took place. Celifie was taken to West Islip hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Brooklyn, NY: MTA Bus Hits And Kills Pedestrian

On December 14, 2015, a Brooklyn woman was hit and killed by a bus. Elenora Shulkin, 62 had just ended her shift as a hotel worker and was on her way home when a B36 bus crashed into her as she was crossing the street. She was on E. 17th St. in Sheepshead Bay when the bus slammed into her.

The MTA bus was in the middle of a left turn from Avenue Z when it hit Shulkin as she was walking in the crosswalk, according to witnesses.

Shulkin was rushed to Coney Island Hospital in traumatic arrest. The bus driver remained on the scene and was not charged as of Tuesday as police continue to investigate.

This crash happened an hour before the NYPD disclosed a pedestrian-safety initiative focusing on areas in and around senior centers.

Merrick, NY: Motorcycle Crash Kills Long Island Man

A motorcycle crash in Merrick that took place on December 13, 2015, killed a 23-year-old Long Island man.

The man identified as Joel McClain of Freeport crashed into a sedan as it made a left turn onto Hewlett Avenue on
Sunrise Highway. McClain was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the police, the driver of the sedan along with his two passengers was rushed to a local hospital for trauma services.

Queens, NY: Hit-And-Run Crash On Seagirt Blvd Critically Injures Woman

A woman who was walking with a child in New York City was hit on December 13, 2015, by an unlicensed driver. The unlicensed driver fled the scene. However, the driver later identified as Denzel Watson was found and arrested shortly afterward.

According to police, the woman was crossing a street in Queens when a white Mustang hit her. Those who witnessed the accident say the woman pushed the child out of the way before she was hit. She was taken to Jamaica Hospital suffering from critical injuries.

The driver, Watson, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with severe injury and operating a vehicle without a license.

Bedford, NY: Fatal Wrong-Way Crash Leads To Driver Arrest On I-684

December 13, 2015, a 23-year-old Scarsdale man was arrested and charged with a criminally negligent homicide charge that was connected with a fatal collision in Westchester County.

The man identified as Zachary Tokson was driving the wrong way on Interstate 684 in Bedford. He crashed head-on with another vehicle being driven by 64-year-old Elena Lopez. Unfortunately, Lopez was pronounced dead on the scene.

Tokson along with his passenger were taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. It is still being investigated whether alcohol was at play in this accident.

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Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: December 18, 2015
Laurence P. Banville is the managing partner of Banville Law. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Mr. Banville helps clients recover compensation from those responsible for his clients' injuries. Our firm is located in New York City, serving clients from the five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
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