A New York robber recently got into an accident while escaping in his getaway car. The accident resulted in the death of a 78-year-old woman from Queens. The same man fatally killed a police officer in a car accident almost 30 years ago in 1988. The circumstances of the more recent accident are frighteningly similar.
In 1988, the man burglarized a Dairy Barn in Malverne, and police proceeded to pursue him in a car chase. The chase ended with the man getting into an accident that injured two pedestrians and left a 41-year-old father dead. The driver later served 25 years in prison for the crime.
Last week, the same man stole a cellphone that belonged to a tire shop clerk, and then he fled in his BMW through Cambria Heights. Soon after, he struck a Saturn Ion that contained an elderly woman who was killed as a result of the crash. Tragically, the woman died at the accident scene.
According to news reports, the driver of the BMW has since obtained legal representation. However, reporters were unable to reach the man's legal counsel via the telephone.
This tragic case is very unfortunate. No doubt the family members of the woman who died are suffering as a result of her loss. They may also be wanting closure through the criminal prosecution of the man who killed their loved one. Another way of obtaining closure could be through the filing of a wrongful death action against the man in civil court. A wrongful death lawsuit might be able to recover money to pay for the deceased woman's end of life expenses, in addition to other financial compensation for their loss.
Source: New York Daily News, "Burglar who killed Long Island cop’s father in car crash 30 years ago strikes again hitting Queens woman," Stephen Rex Brown, July 10, 2016