Last Update: 7/13/2020
A mother was killed and her 7-year-old son was injured in a tragic suspected drunk driving crash on the Meadowbrook Parkway in North Merrick on Saturday, February 1. The victim has been identified as 39-year-old nurse Lissette Quintanilla.
According to detectives, 26-year-old Nicole Pollock was driving a 2012 Nissan Rogue and speeding at 80-90 mph while attempting to get onto the parkway late Saturday night when she rear-ended Quintanilla’s 2006 Kia.
Upon impact, the Kia was set off the roadway and crashed into a tree. Quintanilla was rushed to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Her son was also hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
Pollock was arrested on charges of vehicular manslaughter, vehicular assault, and DWI. She was also hospitalized.
Attorney Laurence Banville helps families recover the financial compensation they deserve after drunk driving crash injuries and deaths. Laurence has some general information to share on the legal rights of families affected by drunk driving crashes in the state of New York:
Each year, the reckless decision to drive drunk affects countless families as loved ones are seriously injured or killed in tragic DWI crashes. Along with the unimaginable grief of losing a loved one this way, these families also suffer from serious financial difficulties. During these times of tragedy, it’s important that families affected by drunk driving crashes are aware of their legal rights.
These families may have multiple ways to recover the financial compensation they need for medical expenses, burial costs, loss of financial support, pain and suffering, and other damages. Drunk drivers can be held directly liable through personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits.
Additionally, there are some situations in New York in which alcohol vendors can be held liable for negligently serving alcohol to someone who causes a drunk driving crash. These alcohol vendor lawsuits are called dram shop claims.
In New York, an alcohol vendor can be held liable for injuries or deaths caused by a customer if the customer was underage or visibly intoxicated when the vendor provided them with alcohol.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed after being hit by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of Banville Law’s experienced drunk driving injury victims lawyers.