Cecilia Armesto Died in Fresh Meadows, Queens FedEx Truck Accident By The Corner Of Union Turnpike and 193rd Street
QUEENS, NEW YORK (February 25, 2022) – A pedestrian identified as Cecilia Armesto has tragically died in a FedEx truck accident by the intersection of Union Turnpike and 193rd Street.
New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 9:49 a.m. on Thursday, February 25. Cecilia Armesto, 83, was crossing the intersection when she was hit by a FedEx truck.
The force of the impact knocked her to the ground leaving her with major trauma. Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victims.
Cecilia Armesto was transported to Queens Hospital, but she died due to the severity of her injuries. Police interviewed the driver of the FedEx truck who remained at the scene.
Liability In Queens FedEx Truck Accidents
Delivery vehicles such as FedEx are essential for the economy. But they also pose a number of unique hazards. Due to their weight and size, they are much more likely to cause catastrophic or fatal injuries. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administation FMCSA, “In 2019, 4,805 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes. According to MCMIS, 60,744 large trucks were involved in injury crashes, and 110,256 were involved in towaway crashes.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a FedEx truck accident.
- Drunk driving
- Driver intoxication
- Inclement weather
For the most part, any person that drives a commercial truck must get a commercial driver’s license. Driving a FedEx truck is much different from driving a passenger vehicle. For instance, FedEx trucks have large blind spots that can obscure the presence of pedestrians. Pursuant to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1146(a), all drivers must exercise due care to avoid hitting pedestrians, bicyclists, and domestic animals in the roadway.
If the driver of a FedEx truck was working at the time of a collision, FedEx as a company could be held liable for the collision. Generally speaking, companies are liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as the tortious conduct was reasonably foreseeable and a natural consequence of the worker’s employment. Sadly, though, companies will make many efforts to try to deny responsibility for any truck accident.
- Companies may try to argue the pedestrian was at fault.
- Companies may try to argue that the pedestrian was at least partially at fault.
- Companies may try to place the blame on other drivers.
- Companies will refuse to hand over documents unless they are forced to.
The family of any pedestrian that died in a collision may have legal recourse through N.Y. Est. Powers & Trusts Law § 5-4.1 (2021). Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills, and funeral costs. It is essential that evidence is properly preserved after an accident. Evidence is what will be used to demonstrate liability for any accident. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Queens FedEx Truck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Cecilia Armesto. 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. It is our sincere hope that city officials will take steps to prevent additional tragedies like this.
Do you need more information about a Queens FedEx truck accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that negligent drivers are held to account for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.