An unlicensed and allegedly drunk hit-and-run driver struck and killed a Queens food deliveryman has he pedaled his bike on his way home from work. Witnesses called 911. The cyclist was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The victim was a 32-year-old father of three young children.
Approximately four hours later, police located the negligent driver at an auto repair shop. Police said he was clearly intoxicated, but refused to take a breathalyzer test. He was arrested and charged with driving while impaired, aggravated unlicensed driving, refusal to take a breath test, and driving a vehicle without an interlock device.
The fact that he has been charged with driving a vehicle that doesn’t have an interlock device reveals that he has had at least one prior DWI conviction. In 2009, Leandra’s Law made it so that anyone who was found guilty of Driving While Intoxicated after August 15th, 2010 would need to have an ignition interlock device installed on each vehicle they own or regularly operate.
He will likely face additional charges of vehicular manslaughter, officials said. According to reports, the negligent driver has had his license revoked at least twice before, most recently in 2014.
While this is a devastating time for the bicyclist’s family, his wife should consult an experienced auto accident attorney to understand her rights. A wrongful death lawsuit can compensate the family for funeral and burial expenses and provide compensation for the loss of his income, loss of consortium, and even emotional trauma.
In the meantime, neighbors have started taking donations to help the family with this unexpected loss. However, the donations may not be enough to survive a long legal process. Once a lawsuit is filed, the family may wish to apply for litigation funding, a lawsuit cash advance in exchange for a portion of the future proceeds of the case.
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