Carina Lopez Died In Soundview, Bronx Pickup Truck Accident On Bronx River Avenue Near East 174th Street
THE BRONX, NEW YORK (September 30, 2021) – A woman identified as Carina Lopez has tragically died in a car accident on Bronx River Avenue not far from East 174th Street.
New York City police officials are saying that the collision took place around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29th. Carina Lopez had just parked her car when she was struck by a Dodge Ram pickup truck traveling northbound.
A witness told authorities that the driver of the pickup truck was swerving prior to the collision. The speeding truck then struck multiple parked cars before coming to a stop.
Responding officers found Carina Lopez laying in the roadway with severe injuries. An ambulance rushed her to the hospital, but she later died due to the severity of her injuries.
Police arrested the driver of the pickup truck on charges that include reckless endangerment and reckless driving. A full investigation into the collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Bronx Pickup Truck Accidents
New York City has some of the highest rates of interactions between pedestrians and vehicles in the United States. Millions of pedestrians use the streets of New York City to get to school, work and go home. It is therefore not surprising that many accidents occur. In 2019 alone, 121 pedestrians and 28 bicyclists were killed in car accidents. Many more were left seriously injured. There are many factors that could potentially contribute to pedestrian accidents including:
- Excessive speed
- Driver fatigue
- Driver distraction
- Unsafe left turns
All drivers have a legal obligation to operate their vehicles according to the prevailing conditions of the roadway. Even driving the speed limit could be dangerous during heavy traffic or inclement weather. According to New York Penal Law § 120.20, “A person is guilty of reckless endangerment in the second degree when he recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury to another person.” Drivers that engage in reckless endangerment can be held accountable through criminal sanctions.
A reckless driver could also be held accountable through a civil claim. According to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law 1146 (a), drivers must exercise due care to avoid hitting any bicyclist, pedestrian or domestic animal. This is true even if a pedestrian is outside of lawfully marked crosswalks. Great care must be taken to avoid pedestrians close enough so as to pose a hazard. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any pedestrian accident.
- It should be determined whether or not any driver was working at the time of a collision. Employers could be held vicariously liable for a pedestrian accident if their employees caused a crash while working.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Surveillance footage of the accident should be sought.
- Medical records should be preserved.
The family of any victim that died in a pedestrian accident may be able to seek justice through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. In order to win any civil claim plaintiffs will have to demonstrate negligence. Any claim of negligence must be thoroughly grounded in facts and evidence. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and get to the bottom of what may have caused an accident.
Investigating A Bronx Pickup Truck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Carina Lopez. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of all who have lost so much.
This incident raises a number of safety concerns. Is there a history of speeding across this street? Was this driver properly licensed? Were they working at the time of the crash? It is our sincere hope that city officials will consider measures to help prevent additional tragedies like this.