A Bronx mother and her two children died when a tractor-trailer crashed into their stopped car on the New York State Thruway in the Hudson Valley. The truck accident happened on Sunday, August 2, 2020 at about 8:30 p.m. as the family was driving home from a trip Upstate in two cars, a Honda and a Kia minivan. Both cars were stopped in traffic when the truck rear ended the Honda and swiped the rear end of the Kia.
Chelsea Gayapersa,14, Justin Gayapersa 19, and their mother, Zulika Salim, 47, were all sitting in the back seat of the Kia minivan when the crash happened. They all died in the collision. Three other family members, who were also in the minivan, suffered injuries. One of them had to be airlifted to a medical center in Albany to be treated for his serious injuries. The driver of the Honda, 24 year old Neta Singh and the front seat passenger, 18 year old Singh were transported to a nearby hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries.
The truck driver, identified as 61 year old Luc Leblanc from Quebec, Canada, attempted to avoid the crash when he came upon stopped traffic but was unable to stop in time. The distance between his truck and the stopped cars was too short, causing him to rear-end the Honda. Leblanc was not injured and so far has not been charged by the police.
What Is Wrongful Death Claim?
When someone dies as a result of the negligent actions of another person, the survivors may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. As part of a wrongful death claim, survivors may seek damages, including but not limited to:
- Loss of companionship
- Funeral expenses
- Burial costs
- Loss of wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Although filing a wrongful death lawsuit will not undo the pain or bring back your loved one, it can help pay for your expenses and bring a sense of closure.
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If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or died in a truck, or any other type of motor vehicle, accident that was caused by the reckless actions of another party, you may have a valid personal injury claim and be entitled to monetary compensation. For more information or to consult with one of our experienced New York City accident attorneys, please call Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. at 1-800-529-9997.