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Family needs funds to bury man killed in bike accident

The family of a New York City man struck and killed by an impaired driver on Staten Island is trying to raise money on the Internet for his funeral expenses. The victim's brother said he was the type of person who "would've given you the shirt off his back."

According to authorities, the 59-year-old Staten Island victim was riding his bicycle on Richmond Road near Andrews Avenue at around 5:35 p.m. on Feb. 16 when a woman driving a 2013 Honda pulled out of a parking lot and struck him. The victim was transported to Staten Island University Hospital and later died.

The suspect, an Oakwood Heights resident who lost her firefighter husband in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, allegedly told police that she smoked marijuana around three hours before the accident occurred. She also said she takes anti-anxiety drugs. She was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and vehicular manslaughter. She has been released on $10,000 bail, and her lawyer told the media that his client intends to fight the charges.

New York residents who have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident caused by a negligent motorist may want to meet with a personal injury attorney to see what recourse they may have. A wrongful death lawsuit is grounded on negligence, and while the types of damages that can be sought vary depending upon the statute of the particular state, they commonly include funeral and burial expenses as well as medical expenses incurred as a result of the incident and prior to the death of the decedent.

Source: New York Daily News Man, 59, killed while riding bicycle by stoned driver on Staten Island," Ryan Sit, Graham Rayman and John Annese, Feb. 18, 2016

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