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Plummeting Van at Bronx Zoo Leaves 7 Dead

Posted on Apr 29, 2012

Seven people died earlier today in a horrific accident after the driver lost control of her van before it fell 60 feet into the periphery of the Bronx Zoo.

At around 12:30pm today, Sunday, April 29, 2012, the southbound van was travelling in the left lane of the Bronx River Parkway. "At a high rate of speed," the car swerved into the median divider for unknown reasons, made its way back across all lanes, and somehow jumped clear over the railing into the southeast part of the Bronx Zoo. The car was found upside down and crushed in a densely-forested area, isolated from people and animals.

All seven passengers were pronounced dead on the scene. The driver, a 45-year-old woman, was accompanied by another 39-year-old woman, a man and woman in their 80s, and three young girls, ages 3, 5, and 15.

Dogs and a helicopter with thermal imaging could not find any more victims. Firefighters were noticeably shaken and one suffered a small injury during the search.

Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., promised to explore relevant safety issues like the height of the road railing.

This is the city's deadliest crash since a bus accident in March 2011.


As a frequent visitor to the Bronx Zoo and having lived in the Bronx not far from the Bronx Zoo, I know exactly where this horrible accident, as reported by the NY Post, took place. It's an elevated platform near the train depot. The lanes are narrow and the railings always appeared rusted. However, it offered a great view of the subway depot only moments from the Bronx Zoo entrance.

As of today, April 29, 2012, in a wrongful death case, survivors have only 2 years from the date of death within which to file suit against a private company or person. If the claim is against the City, a city agency or municipality you typically have only 90 days from the date of the incident in which to file a Notice of Claim. Then you have only 1 year and 90 days from the incident within which to file a lawsuit.
Keep in mind that the Notice of Claim must be timely and properly filed in order to bring a lawsuit against the City, a municipal agency or a municipality.

Final warning: Please note that these limits are only applicable as of the date of this writing, April 29, 2012. You should not and cannot rely on the time frame if you're reading this tomorrow, a week later, a month later, a year later or sometime afterward.
Why not?

Simple. Because time limits change.
The only way to know for sure whether your particular matter is timely is to pick up the phone and call.


If you would like more information about how wrongful death and accident cases work in the state of New York, I encourage you to explore my educational website. If you have legal questions, I invite you to pick up the phone and call me at 516-487-8207 or by e-mail at [email protected] to answer your questions. That's what I do every day. I welcome your call.

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