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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Rookie Cop Bride-to-Be Killed in Fiery Bronx Crash

Q: Can an off-duty police officer face police misconduct charges?

Two police officers allegedly speeding through the streets of the Bronx, New York just before midnight sounds about normal. But for one pair of NYPD officers, it was anything but.

A rookie female NYPD officer was killed in a horrific single car accident in the early morning hours of Groundhog’s Day. She was a passenger in a Dodge Charger driven by a male fellow officer when it careened off the road around midnight, flipped and burst into flames. Both officers were off duty and had been at a restaurant prior to the crash.

The driver was pulled from the fiery wreckage --coincidentally by another pair of off-duty police officers who happened upon the scene. He was reportedly hospitalized with "trauma and burns to both legs" and is "fighting for his life".

The tragic accident claimed the life of the young rookie just before she was to mark two major milestones in April… her one year anniversary with the NYPD and her wedding to her high school sweetheart.

It was not immediately known if alcohol was involved, though speed reportedly may have been a factor. Whether the driver—if he survives-- will face police misconduct charges and/or a wrongful death lawsuit remains to be seen.

When someone is injured or killed as a result of the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions of someone else, the responsible party may be subject to a personal injury lawsuit by the victim or a wrongful death lawsuit by survivors of the deceased victim.

In the case of hand, if the male driver can be proven to have acted in a negligent, reckless, or intentional matter, the victim’s family may be able to recover compensation for her medical and funeral expenses, lost income if she was a source of support, pain and suffering, and more, depending on each particular circumstance.

If you or a loved one has been injured or a loved one has been killed as a result of the actions of another, the Goldstein Law Firm in the Bronx, New York can help. We handle personal injury as well as police brutality or misconduct cases. Call today at 718-239-0239 to request a consultation. We serve clients throughout New York as well as those injured while visiting New York.


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