The New York Daily News reported on the tragic death of a pedestrian run over by a drunk tour bus driver.
Our New York personal injury lawyers urge you to contact an experienced New York bus accident attorney if a family member has been tragically killed by a negligent bus driver.
The tour bus driver was allegedly drinking vodka while driving prior to striking a man in midtown, according to police. The 57-year-old driver had his booze in a silver-colored travel mug and sipped it as he cruised through Manhattan. Police found $1,300 in cash and a half-full bottle of Smirnoff vodka on the bus. The driver has been charged with DWI, vehicular manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. The horrific accident happened when the bus turned onto Ninth Ave. at 47th St. and hit the 29-year-old pedestrian and then dragged him almost 30 feet underneath the rear wheels before bystanders alerted the driver to stop. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he died from catastrophic injuries. The driver’s blood alcohol content was .14 at the scene and was later .08, which is double the legal limit of 0.04 for commercial drivers. Records show in 2004 this driver had a DWI charge in Kentucky. The tour bus belongs to TraveLynx but the tour was run by L & L Travel, a Chinatown operator.
In March we posted on our New York Injury Lawyer Blog about the Bronx bus accident that killed 15 after crashing into a tractor-trailer. This accident triggered an increase in bus safety inspections which we wrote about last month on our New York Injury Lawyer Blog. Inspections in Manhattan resulted in 72 vehicle infractions and more than 60 percent of drivers or buses were taken out of service.
“While the actions of a few should not tarnish an important and reliable industry, the memory of those who lost their lives in March demands that additional action be taken to safeguard the traveling public,” said NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald. “As always, drivers and buses found to be unsafe will be removed from the road.”
If you are injured in an accident involving a bus, subway, train or taxi, contact New York personal injury lawyer Nicholas Rose for legal advice. The Law Offices of Nicholas Rose is experienced in holding companies responsible for their negligence so call for a free consultation at 1-877-313-7673.