An off-duty NYPD officer was arrested on drunk driving and related charges following a fatal crash in East Flatbush early Sunday morning.
According to the police, the crash occurred shortly before 5 a.m. on Sunday at the intersection of Foster Avenue and East 55th Street. 47-year-old Rohan Shaw was driving a 2019 Nissan GT-R eastbound on Foster when he crashed head-on into the side of a 2012 Mazda 6.
Police suspect that the Mazda ran through a stop sign on East 55th Street before the collision. Upon impact, the Mazda lost control and spun into a telephone pole, according to the police. The Mazda driver then abandoned the vehicle and fled the scene on foot.
A 23-year-old woman in the Mazda was hospitalized at Brookdale Hospital, where she later died. Her name has not yet been released. A 22-year-old female passenger in that vehicle was hospitalized in serious but stable condition at Kings County Hospital.
Shaw was not injured in the drunk driving accident. He has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, driving while ability impaired, reckless driving, and speeding. He has also been suspended without pay pending an investigation.
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville of BanvilleLaw.com is a personal injury attorney who represents drunk driving victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Laurence has offered to share some of his knowledge on the legal rights of those who have been injured by drunk drivers in New York:
Every day, countless innocent victims are injured or killed in crashes caused by drunk drivers. These victims and the families of those killed in fatal crashes deserve answers and financial support for the personal and economic difficulties they face. It’s important that these victims and families are aware of their legal options and their right to financial compensation.
In any drunk driving crash, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the drunk driver – either a personal injury or wrongful death claim. However, there are also some situations where these victims and families may have grounds for a dram shop lawsuit against the alcohol vendor who served the driver before the crash.
Alcohol vendors can be sued under dram shop statutes. While not every state has dram shop laws, New York and most other states do. According to New York’s dram shop laws, alcohol vendors can be sued for drunk driving crashes caused by customers if the vendor served a customer who was either under 21 years old or visibly intoxicated at the time of the sale.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, the experienced drunk driving crash victims lawyers at Banville Law are prepared to help your family get the support you need and deserve. You can learn more about your legal options in a free consultation.