Maria Piscopo, Johnny’s Pizza Owner, Dead in Vehicle Crash

On September 4, 2018, in Motor Vehicle Accident, by John A. Weber IV, ESQ.

Car Accident

Saturday morning didn’t begin on a good note for New York residents. This is because a Mount Vernon Pizzeria owner, Maria Piscopo, died in a terrible motor vehicle accident. Johnny’s Pizzeria is a popular destination for pizza lovers in New York.

Accident Details:

The accident happened at about 1 a.m. on Saturday morning on I-684 in North Castle. It was a three-vehicle crash that killed 69-year-old Maria Piscopo. Mr. Joseph Piscopo, 47, also suffered serious injuries in the crash.

Joseph was driving a GMC Denali northbound with Maria sitting in the passenger seat. Initial investigations revealed that Joseph rear-ended a Dodge Dakota 2001.

The situation worsened when a 2012 Isuzu box truck rear-ended Joseph’s GMC Denali during his attempt to move to the highway’s shoulder. The Isuzu box truck operator involved in the accident has been identified as Saed K. Alkasaji,43 years old, from Danbury. Saed also suffered injuries in the crash.

All three were rushed to Westchester Medical Center where Maria was declared dead.

The State police received assistance on the scene from the following departments:

  • Katonah Bedford Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
  • Katonah Fire Department
  • Troop K Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit
  • Troop K Collision Reconstruction Unit
  • Westchester Medical Examiner’s Office

The police are still investigating the accident further.

Keep coming back to get more updates about this accident.

 

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Hauppauge Traffic Court Facing Lawsuit

On September 23, 2016, in Traffic Court, by John A. Weber IV, ESQ.

The Hauppauge Traffic Court, which is located in the H. Lee Dennison Building, in Hauppauge New York is currently being sued by the Federal Government. This lawsuit, which commenced in 2015 in U.S. District Court alleges that the traffic court is acting unconstitutionally by jailing motorists, and refusing to engage in plea-bargaining for motorists who seek sworn depositions in their respective cases. Attorneys claim that the traffic court is eliminating all appropriate checks and balances by selecting both the judicial hearing officers and prosecutors for the local traffic court. Traffic Court in Hauppauge, New York has locally gained a reputation as a chaotic court system which will keep attorneys and motorists waiting for inordinate amounts of time.

Traffic courts and traffic policies on Long Island have been subject to public protest as of late. Particularly the school speed zone camera program which was shut down after great public outcry. The red-light camera program which does not allow the accused to defend their case in court but rather mandates a fine automatically upon issuance has also sparked vehement opposition. These developments cause many motorists to see traffic law as a backdoor tax rather than as part of a comprehensive public safety policy. Traffic violations are violations, not crimes and so certain constitutional rights pertaining to the fourth, fifth, and sixth amendments do not technically apply and sometimes are practically ignored altogether by the courts. Formal rules of evidence during trials are also frequently ignored or enforced by the courts in a half-hearted and informal manner. In the United States, driving is a privilege, not a right though for many in modern society.  Their well-being and ability to earn an income depends upon it.

Hiring an experienced attorney that understands how to negotiate your case can determine whether you keep your driving privileges in Suffolk County Call the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC at 516-858-2620, to speak with an experienced traffic attorney.

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An out of control car caused a Nassau County bus stop crash.  Four people were injured in the crash as reported by News 12. Faulty equipment and failure to maintain a motor vehicle can lead to accidents like the one in New Hyde Park when a blown tire caused a car to crash into a bus stop.  People may not realize that, depending on the reasons for the tire failure, the owner and driver can be liable for injuries caused by faulty equipment or maintenance failures in New York motor vehicles.

Many times, car crashes and the resulting liability is clear cut.  Other times it is very difficult to determine where the fault lies in car crashes.  Juries are taxed with the burden of deciding how to apportion fault in personal injury trials.  It is almost impossible to predict jury outcomes and any lawyer will tell you that.  Therefore it makes logical sense to spend time maintaining your motor vehicles and do your very best to avoid preventable car crashes.

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If you or someone you are concerned about have been injured in a motor vehicle accident of any kind, call the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC at 516-858-2620 today. Remember, successful litigation is no accident.

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A pedestrian knockdown is one type of personal injury case that is growing in number on Long Island.  A pedestrian knockdown is when an individual is struck by a motor vehicle and suffers injuries.  A pedestrian knockdown does not necessarily imply criminal conduct such as that in a hit and run, texting while driving or DWI incidents; although they can.  Often times, pedestrian knockdown cases arise out of nothing more than a mere accident.  Just the latest example of this type of accident occurred in Copiague and was reported by News 12.

Whether arising out of criminal conduct or not, pedestrian knockdown cases almost always result in personal injuries.  It is common sense that the human body is not built to withstand an impact from a motor vehicle in motion.  Therefore, when a pedestrian knockdown occurs, the victim has anxiety and a lot of questions.  It is important to understand that a personal injury attorney can assist you in answering questions such as how to seek medical advice, whose insurance pays for medical treatment, how liability for the accident is assessed and determining if a personal injury lawsuit should be commenced.  Having answers to these questions will allow the victim to focus all of their energy on recovering and calm the concerns of their family.  Most people often underestimate the importance of consulting with a personal injury attorney.  It is important to remember that being injured in an accident is very traumatic and scary.  The experience is exacerbated by not knowing how to handle the “fall-out” from the accident or lessened by having people around you who do.

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If you or someone you are concerned about have been injured in a motor vehicle accident of any kind, especially a pedestrian knockdown, call the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC at 516-858-2620 today. Remember, successful litigation is no accident.

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