An allegedly drunken, unlicensed driver rammed his car at a red light in Brooklyn last Sunday, during the 28th Annual NYC Century Bike Tour. The four cyclists were knocked over like dominoes, with one critically injured.
The riders were waiting for the light to change on 12th Avenue at 39th Street in Borough Park around 9:15 a.m. when Antonio Pina pulled his vehicle out of a parking spot and pressed the gas and plowed through the group. He then stopped and reversed his car, backing over 55-year-old Nancy Pease and pining her underneath his minivan.
The FDNY had to remove Pease from under the van. She suffered severe injuries, including a punctured liver, abdominal bleeding and a traumatic brain injury. She underwent surgery and her spleen was removed. According to the most recent news from the New York Post, she is still in a coma.
Pina, a construction worker living in Borough Park, blew a .287 blood-alcohol content, more than three times the legal limit, in a Breathalyzer test administered at the scene.
Pina was charged for vehicular assault, drunk driving and driving without a license. He faces a maximum of 7 years in prison if he is convicted on the charge of first degree vehicular assault.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents In NYC
Unfortunately, bicycle accidents have become more common in NYC. Not all bicycle accidents are caused by drunk drivers. Most common causes of bicycle accidents include:
- Drivers pulling into or turning across the path of cyclists
- Drivers colliding with the back of cyclists
- Sudden lane changes with drivers failing to check their mirrors and blind spots
- Truck and large commercial vehicles turning left and failing to see cyclists waiting in their blind spots, particularly at traffic lights and junctions
- Drivers failing to see or give way to cyclists at intersection and on roundabouts
- Drivers or passengers opening vehicle doors into the path of oncoming cyclists
We Can Help You If Your Are Injured
At Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C., we understand the serious impact of bicycle accidents on the lives of victims and the lives of their loved ones. When you are injured in serious bicycle accident, you need to hire an experienced New York bicycle accident attorney to protect your legal rights.
The attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek P.C. have more than 30 years of experience and knowledge to aggressively fight for your rights and get you the full extent of monetary compensation that you deserve. To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our New York bicycle accident attorneys, please call 1-800-529-9997.