The New York City Police Department has reported that a 65-year-old taxi driver was taken into custody on Aug. 18 after he struck and killed a cyclist in East Harlem. The man has been charged with reckless driving, driving without a license and a right of way violation. The bicycle accident took place at the intersection of Park Avenue and 108th Street at about 5:15 a.m.
According to an NYPD report, the man was proceeding southbound on Park Avenue before the accident, and he struck the bicycle as he made a left turn onto 108th Street. After striking the bicycle, the cab dragged its rider along 108th Street for approximately 80 yards before coming to a stop. The cyclist was pronounced dead after being transported by ambulance to Mount Sinai Hospital.
A records check revealed that the man was not registered with the Taxi and Limousine Commission, which is required by law for those who pick up passengers in the city. However, the vehicle involved in the accident was registered with the TLC. Residents of the area told reporters that traffic moves quickly on Park Avenue, which is also popular with cyclists.
The loss of a loved one in a traffic accident can lead to serious financial hardship for a family. Monthly obligations can rapidly accumulate when a relied upon paycheck is no longer coming in, and unexpected expenses, such as funeral bills, may make the situation even more challenging. A personal injury attorney may file a lawsuit on behalf of families when the negligent actions of another caused the death of a loved one. A wrongful death lawsuit may seek to compensate families for their out-of-pocket expenses as well as lost household income.