While the icy weather has been taking center stage across New York State in the last few days, causing large numbers of accidents on the roads, another horrific accident saga is being played out in Nassau County which has nothing to do with the vagaries of the weather and much more to do with teenage recklessness and bad judgment.
Cory Gloe, an 18 year old resident of Farmingdale, has been indicted by a grand jury on a number of counts relating to an alleged street racing incident last May in which five teenagers, all known to Gloe, were killed. Gloe was indicted on reckless driving, reckless endangerment and assault, criminally negligent homicide and second-degree manslaughter.
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The incident took place just after midnight on May 10, 2014. Prosecutors alleged that the defendant had challenged a 17-year-old, Tristan Reichle, to a race. Gloe and Reichle both had four other passengers in their cars. Just after the challenge was alleged to have been made, Reichle’s car crashed and he and his four passengers died as a result of the injuries they received.
The race between the two cars started at the intersection of Conklin Street and Route 110 as the lights turned green. The two cars raced down Route 24 in a westbound direction, but Reichle lost control of his vehicle and crossed the median strip, crashing into a GMC Terrain in the opposite lane.
Reichle’s passengers were aged between 14 and 18 years old. In addition to these deaths, the two occupants of the Terrain were also injured seriously and they were still in the process of recovering at the time of this article.
Seven people have been directly affected by this unnecessary accident. Indirectly, many more will still be grieving for the loss of such young members of their families. The two adults who were seriously injured may be suffering financially from their injuries and will no doubt be wondering how they are going to regain their lives.
There will be a lot of people watching closely what happens during the trial of young Gloe. Some of them may be contemplating filing civil lawsuits against him citing negligence. Their case may be backed up by any decision which sees the defendant convicted of any or all of the serious charges that have been brought against him.
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There is no indication in the report on this case whether Gloe was adequately insured for such a scenario. One of the main problems which can lead to frustration for those pursuing a personal injury lawsuit is when a defendant is either uninsured or inadequately insured, which can mean that it is difficult for the litigants to be compensated for financial loss caused by the accident.
Whatever the circumstances of a vehicle accident on Long Island or anywhere in New York, if you have been seriously injured by another driver’s negligence, whether it has been exacerbated by extreme winter weather or has been caused by teenage recklessness, you have a right to seek compensation if it can be proved that you were not at fault.
You should contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after any such accident and discuss the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the person or people thought to be responsible. Richard S. Jaffe Esq. of the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, on Long Island, has had considerable experience with all types of car accidents. You can discuss your case with him at a free consultation where he will decide if your situation is likely to be entitled to compensation.
Contact Richard Jaffe at the Law Offices of Cohen & Jaffe LLP, 2001 Marcus Avenue, Suite W295, Lake Success, NY 11042. Phone: 516-358-6900 or toll free: 800-483-6149.