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Woman Expected To Sue City For Queens Crash That Killed Her Son

A grieving mother is demanding accountability for a fatal Queens car accident that took the life of her son on April 4. The crash killed four young people after their car plunged into Steinway Creek in Astoria.

She plans to not only sue the driver – who investigators say was driving too fast – but the city. She claims the city could have done more to avoid this tragedy, such as erecting barriers or guardrails.

She is expected to soon file a notice of claim, alerting New York City that it will be a named defendant in the wrongful death lawsuit.

“There was a lack of barriers, signage, anything that would prevent that tragedy. There was nothing to identify that was the end of the road,” said Omar Laidlow, brother of one of the victims.

The Queens accident killed two men and two women, all of whom likely drowned.

The day after the crash, the city placed a concrete barrier at the spot where the car left the road. Although it suggests that the New York City should have taken that action earlier and saved lives, acts of remediation are typically inadmissible in court for the purpose of proving negligence.

Source: NY Daily News, “Devastated Mom To Sue City, Driver Over Queens Creek Crash That Killed Four Friends,” John Marzulli, April 21, 2014

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