DCD SETTLES CASE AGAINST CITY OF NEW YORK AND CIVILIAN MOTORIST FOR $625,000 AFTER DETECTIVE SUSTAINED INJURIES IN A LOD AUTO ACCIDENT

A Detective employed by the New York City Police Department received a settlement of $625,000 from a civilian motorist and the City of New York. The Detective was the recorder in an unmarked RMP responding to an assignment pursuant to a command directive. The unmarked RMP did not have its lights and sirens on. A civilian vehicle travelling northbound approached the intersection with the green light and collided with the unmarked RMP travelling eastbound. The RMP had a steady red light. The Department cited the operator’s actions in causing the accident. The Detective sustained a serious injury to his shoulder which necessitated surgery. The Detective was subsequently awarded a ¾ line-of-duty disability pension. After filing a notice of claim with the City of New York within 90 days of the date of the accident, DCD sued the City of New York pursuant to GML §205-e and common law negligence alleging the operator of the RMP violated §27-a(3) of the Labor Law and Vehicle and Traffic Law §§1104e, 1104(b)(2), 1144(b) for failure to warn and operating the vehicle in a negligent manner. DCD also sued the civilian motorist for failure to yield to an authorized police vehicle and failure to prevent the collision. The civilian motorist only had $25,000 in liability insurance coverage which DCD was able to collect. Dominic DiPrisco received an additional $600,000 from the City of New York to resolve the matter.
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