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Elderly man killed by New York bus

A 78-year-old man was killed after being struck by a New York City bus while attempting to cross the street. The accident occurred at about 6 p.m. on Dec. 23 in the East Flatbush area. According to police, the bus was attempting a turn from Farragut Road onto New York Avenue when it struck the woman. The 57-year-old man driving the bus was arrested and charged with a failure to yield. Reports indicate that he was being held out of service during the investigation.A failure to yield is a misdemeanor offense under New York City's Vision Zero legislation. A conviction will result in a minor fine and up to 15 days of jail time.Whether or not a person faces criminal charges for a fatal auto accident, the surviving family of [...]

Elderly man killed by New York bus2014-12-30T00:00:00+00:00

3 deaths tied to New York car accident.

Authorities released the names of three people who died in a car accident at the Phelps intersection of Bostwick Road and Route 14. The incident occurred on Dec. 16 and hospitalized another individual with injuries.According to officials, a 71-year-old man drove through a posted stop sign and hit an SUV, which in turn caromed through the intersection and struck another vehicle. Officials pronounced three of the individuals involved in the intersection crash dead at the site, a 77-year-old man, a 51-year old man and the 71-year-old driver who purportedly drove through the posted stop sign.All three vehicles sustained significant damage, reportedly. The SUV was found flipped on its roof in a ditch. The driver of the SUV remains in the hospital, officials said. Investigators are still looking into what caused [...]

3 deaths tied to New York car accident.2014-12-29T00:00:00+00:00

Penalties for refusing a breath test in New York

When one is pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving in New York, the officer may ask the driver to submit to a chemical test, such as a breath test. Drivers have the right to refuse to submit to such tests. However, there are consequences for doing so.If a driver in New York is over the age of 21 and refuses to submit to a chemical test, he or she may be fined $500. In addition, the driver's license may be revoked for 12 months or more. The penalties are even steeper for commercial drivers. If a commercial driver refuses to submit to a chemical test, he or she may be fined $550. Additionally, the commercial driver's license may be revoked for 18 months or more.If a driver under 21 [...]

Penalties for refusing a breath test in New York2014-12-26T00:00:00+00:00

What is the procedure for a criminal trial in New York?

Many New York residents will most likely never face a criminal trial. For those who do, however, it is important to know what to expect, so they can understand their rights and defense options.First, there will be the jury selection, which will take place before the actual trial begins. At the beginning of the trial, there will be the swearing in of the jury.Following that, the judge will provide the jury with some preliminary instructions, so they can better understand their role in the trial process. After that, the prosecution will make an opening statement, followed by the defense's opening statement.After the jury has heard each side's opening statements, the prosecution will put forth evidence to the jury that is supportive of the indictment. Following that, it is the defendant's [...]

What is the procedure for a criminal trial in New York?2014-12-19T00:00:00+00:00

Critically injured New York driver charged in head-on crash

Authorities have identified the female driver who they say caused a head-on collision on Route 370 in Lysander. The 30-year-old Baldwinsville woman was critically injured in the crash, and she was hospitalized at Upstate University Hospital in intensive care after being extricated from the wreckage. Sheriff deputies say she was driving drunk at the time, and they have charged her with DWI, driving without a license and failing to stay in her lane.According to Onondaga County sheriff deputies, the accident happened on the evening of Dec. 8 on Route 370. Deputies say the woman was traveling north in a 2001 Chevrolet Impala when she crossed into southbound traffic and crashed head-on into a 2014 Dodge Caravan. The 49-year-old female driver of that vehicle received treatment for injuries she suffered in [...]

Critically injured New York driver charged in head-on crash2014-12-18T00:00:00+00:00

Black Friday shopping leads to criminal charges for two women

Black Friday" is either a much-loved or much-hated part of the Christmas season. Someone's opinion on Black Friday often depends on whether that person loves the fantastic bargains and holiday spirit or hates the massive crowds and crass commercialism. Either wayOne woman has been charged with shoplifting clothing from a Macy's department store. The items she allegedly stole were worth over $1,200. The crime was allegedly witnessed by loss prevention employees. The woman, age 61, has been charged with possession of stolen goods and grand larceny - both felonies.A second woman was also charged with possession of stolen goods and grand larceny. These charges came after loss prevention employees at the Palisade Mall's Lord and Taylor store reportedly witnessed the theft. The woman, age 41, is also accused of stealing [...]

Black Friday shopping leads to criminal charges for two women2014-12-11T00:00:00+00:00

Pedestrian accident in New York kills 1, injures 1

Two pedestrians were walking in Argyle on Dec. 1 when a vehicle struck them on Route 197. One woman was killed in the accident that occurred around 7:16 p.m.The two women were reportedly traveling on the shoulder of the roadway. They were facing oncoming traffic from the north while walking south, which is what is recommended by safety experts. A 58-year-old man traveling south in a Buick sedan then moved out of his lane while passing a vehicle that was in a passing zone located to the south of Saunders Transmission. The sedan struck the two women from behind.One of the women, a 36-year-old from Hebron, died from her injuries while at Glens Falls Hospital, but the 40-year-old Argyle woman was reportedly in stable condition on Dec. 2 after suffering [...]

Pedestrian accident in New York kills 1, injures 12014-12-09T00:00:00+00:00

We take juvenile law matters seriously

When a young person is just starting to leave the nest" and head out into the worldIn general, if the prosecution decides to charge the minor, the criminal law process will probably go like this: There may be an arraignment where formal charges will be made by a juvenile judge. There may then be a hearing, wherein a juvenile court will establish jurisdiction. The accused may then have to enter a plea. If plea negotiations fail, there may be a trial in a juvenile court before a judge. If the judge determines the minor is guilty, the minor may be sentenced.Our Rockland County firm has years of combined experience in handling juvenile law matters. We may be able to investigate the circumstances surrounding the charges. In addition, we may be [...]

We take juvenile law matters seriously2014-12-05T00:00:00+00:00

No survivors in wrong-way collision

Two New York women died in a head-on crash in the evening on Nov. 23. Although there were no reported witnesses, Suffolk County Police suspect that the incident was the result of drunken driving.A woman from Islip, 70, was driving her 2012 Kia Forte southeast along Route 109 at approximately 11 p.m. A 46-year-old woman driving a 1991 Buick Regal was traveling in the wrong lane, and the two collided in the vicinity of the exit to Route 110. Emergency responders took both women to the Nassau University Medical Center in the city of East Meadow. According to the police, the Levittown woman smelled strongly of alcohol, and several beer bottles were found inside the Buick, leading investigators to believe that she had been driving drunk.The Islip woman was pronounced [...]

No survivors in wrong-way collision2014-12-04T00:00:00+00:00
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