Staten Island Car Accident Injures Three
The Daily News is reporting that three bottles of booze were found amid a grisly crash scene that injured three people in a violent Staten Island car accident.
A red SUV ran off of a curb on Richmond Ave. near Croft Place in Bulls Head and landed standing up against a tree at approximately 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 27, 2014. On Sunday, Staten Island Live released two of the names of victims involved in the Staten Island car accident: “Police say Adetayo Osinuga, 19, ofRegis Drive in Graniteville, slammed his 2001 red Honda CRV into a tree at a bend in the road along Richmond Avenue near Croft Place.” Witnesses said the impact of the Staten Island car accident caused the car to flip vertically on its grill, pinning the vehicle against a tree and trapping the driver and his passengers inside. No other vehicles were involved in the crash, according to police. Emergency responders pulled a driver and two passengers from the wreckage. The back seat passenger, identified as Oderinde Abimorola Feyikemi, 21, was transported to Staten Island University Medical Center. The front passenger, Salako Oluwaseum, 20 was transported to Richmond University Medical Center, West Brighton, in critical condition.
Staten Island Car Accident and Alcohol
Three bottles of alcohol, Bacardi Gold, Hennessy and Hpnotiq, were found at the Staten Island car accident scene. A question arises whether the passengers can sue the driver if they knew he was drunk and still chose to ride with him. If the passenger was unaware that the driver was intoxicated, they can easily sue. The case is not as simple if the passengers knew the driver was drunk. New York court’s have held the following: “It is the knowledge possessed by the passenger of the incompetence of the driver that is crucial in such situations and an occupant is not guilty of contributory negligence in failing to take such steps to protect himself from harm where he has no knowledge, and is not chargeable with knowledge, of the driver’s incompetency, or where a reasonably prudent person would not have done so in the same or similar circumstances” In plain language, if the passengers in the Staten Island car accident knew that the driver was drunk, and still rode with him, then the passenger may not be able to recover damages. Daniel Szalkiewicz & Associates, P.C. ensures that we work hard to make sure our client’s rights are protected.
Authored by: Daniel Szalkiewicz