Deadly car crash

Even slight negligence while driving can prove to be fatal. This reality proved true in Long Island during a police chase Saturday night, resulting in multiple injuries and fatalities.

The details of the accident:

According to authorities, the car involved in the accident was stolen. The mishap occurred at about 11:50 p.m. on Route 25 near Birchwood Park Drive in Middle Island.

Police from Suffolk County reported an officer saw a Nissan Rogue failing to stop at a stop sign. The car was also being driven recklessly on Main Street in Yaphank. The car itself had been reported stolen on Thursday from Montauk Highway in East Patchogue. The driver of the car was identified as a teen named Nahriek Belford, 17.

The police officer tried to stop the car; however, the driver chose to flee. This is when the officer started chasing the car and called for the backup, say the police. 

The accident resulted when the stolen Nissan struck a Honda CRV turning left on to Birchwood Park Drive, as the Nissan sped west on Route 25.

What about the casualties and injuries?

The accident claimed three lives. One of the victims is Nahriek Belford’s own brother, Angelo Belford, 16, who was riding in the Nissan. The other two people who died in this crash are Jerry Weingarten, 72, and Randee Weingarten, 71; the couple was in the CRV. All three victims died at the scene.

Two passengers in the Nissan suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries, in this crash. Both of them were immediately rushed to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment.

What else?

The police have impounded both vehicles for a safety check. Nahriek Belford has been charged by the police with one count of reckless endangerment. These charges are expected to be upgraded by the police. Since it was a single officer in the chase, Suffolk County police have initiated investigations to see if pursuit protocols were followed or not.

The detectives are requesting anybody who is an eye-witness to this fatal motor vehicle accident to please contact them.

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At least four teenagers suffered injuries because of a motor vehicle accident in Long Island this Wednesday. One of the injured teens had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital.

More details about the accident:

This accident happened on Wednesday afternoon about 3:40 p.m. at Elmont Road and Dutch Broadway, resulting in injuries to the four teenagers. According to the police, it was a head-on-collision between four vehicles.

The impact and intensity of the collision were so powerful that one of the cars involved in the accident ricocheted towards the sidewalk and struck victims near the corner of the two roads in Elmont.

What about the victims?

According to the police, the list of victims includes three teenage females and one teenage boy. All of them being sophomores who were on their way home after school.

The authorities report that two injured girls were rushed to an area hospital. One of them had to be airlifted in critical condition. The injuries suffered by the other two are said to be non-life-threatening injuries.

We will keep readers posted with the latest relevant updates.

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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
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  • Troop K Collision Reconstruction Unit
  • Westchester Medical Examiner’s Office

The police are still investigating the accident further.

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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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