Bronx River Parkway Tragedy- Could It Have Been Prevented?

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The Bronx River Parkway has seen many tragedies over the years due to faulty design and poor repairs, the most recent occuring on Sunday, April 29, 2012 when a family of seven died after their van hit the curb and launched over the guardrail, falling 60 feet into Bronx Zoo property. Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. feels a full investigation should take place to determine how this tragedy could have occurred.

2006 Car Accident on Bronx River Parkway that killed six passengers

The Bronx River Parkway has been an ongoing problem due to “patchwork” and “band aid” repairs and faulty design. A proper safety review of this roadway would have prevented many deaths, including these latest,” Jeff S. Korek said.

Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. was stunned to hear about the horrific car accident on the Bronx River Parkway that killed a family of seven on Sunday, April 29, 2012. According to the Daily News, after hitting the center median, the van swerved past three lanes of traffic and upon hitting the curb, launched completely over the guardrail without even scratching the surface of the guardrail. The van fell about 60 feet below into a wooded area of the Bronx Zoo.

This is not the first tragedy that has occurred on the Bronx River Parkway over the train yard. Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. represents the Estate of Jamel Gardener and his brother Howard Raymond, the only survivor of a 2006 crash on the Bronx River Parkway in the same area. That horrific accident killed six passengers, including five of Howard Raymond’s family members, when their vehicle contacted the median barrier and was launched over into oncoming traffic.

In 1987, a car was also launched over the center median on the Bronx River Parkway into oncoming traffic, killing the driver and two passengers and seriously injuring the third passenger.

Many are questioning how an accident like this could have occurred when there should be safety measures in place to prevent these tragedies. After the 2006 accident, the city replaced the center medians with a barrier that would prevent vehicles from being launched into oncoming traffic upon impact.

NYC Attorney Jeff S. Korek, a partner at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C., believes a full investigation needs to take place regarding Sunday’s tragedy. “The Bronx River Parkway has been an ongoing problem due to “patchwork” and “band aid” repairs and faulty design. A proper safety review of this roadway would have prevented many deaths, including these latest,” Korek said.

How many more deadly car accidents have to happen on the Bronx River Parkway in order to get the City and the State to take action and make the Bronx River Parkway safer?

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