A tragic car accident on the Cross Bronx Expressway in New York City led to the death of a 21-year-old woman and inflicted life-threatening injuries on her 19-year-old brother.
In late October, the two were driving in the early morning hours when the roads were slippery. Following a small wreck, the two got out of their car to inspect damages to another vehicle. They were then struck by an on-coming vehicle and fell off a 75-foot overpass landing in a sand pile.
The 21-year-old woman was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center where she later died. The 19-year-old man suffered a punctured lung, damaged liver and broken ribs. The young man had been in a coma since the crash, but awakened in early November. The family says they haven’t told him of his sister’s tragic death.
The young man is an amateur boxer. He narrowly missed qualifying for the 2012 U.S. Olympic team and was about to begin boxing professionally. His coach says he is hopeful that the young man will one day return to boxing.
Although it is unclear if another person’s negligence caused the fatal accident, the family may be entitled to compensation. Those in New York and elsewhere in a similar situation may benefit from a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney. The attorney may be able to help assess liability and pursue claims against any negligent parties. Although no amount of money will make up for the tragic loss of life, the family may be comforted in knowing they may have some recourse.
Source: NY Daily News, “Golden Gloves champ awakens from coma,” Kerry Wills and Joe Kemp, Nov. 7, 2011