Family Of S.I. Grandmother To Sue NYC Over Intersection Death

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — The family of a Staten Island woman plans to sue the city, saying officials knew the intersection where she was killed was dangerous.

Last May, as Beata Kurpiewski, 59, and her then-3-year-old grandson, Philip, waited at the intersection of Slosson Avenue and Windsor Road, a speeding SUV ran a red light before smashing into another car and killing the woman at the scene.

“She was the most careful person. She would never cross the street without the light,” Kurpiewski’s daughter-in-law, Kathy, told CBS 2’s Don Dahler.

The driver who ran the light was charged with criminally negligent homicide.

As shocking as the accident was, it did not surprise residents in the neighborhood.

Peter Christofilakes and Don Cammarano said they have complained to the city about the intersection for years by sending petitions, accident photographs and letters.

“There’s been one fatality, and there’s been a number of accidents and I foresee many many more,” Christofilakes said.

Both men said cars were putting children at risk by speeding near the intersection, trying to beat the light and get onto the expressway. One couple’s home has even been twice hit by cars near the intersection.

Despite their complaints, residents said all they have gotten is the run around.

“There’s this frustration. Where do we turn to now? Is our government broken?” Cammarano asked.

Borough President James Molinaro responded to the comment by saying “we’re listening and we’re not broken.”

Molinaro has asked the Department of Transportation for improvements and urged patience.

“It’s a process…studies have to be done,” Molinaro said.

In a statement, the Department of Transportation said it “recently completed its feasibility study for guardrails” and will install them. The statement went on to say they “continue to work on plans to enhance safety ” in the area.

Kurpiewski said she can only hope her mother-in-law’s death will help lead to real change.

“Maybe because of that she had to die and maybe because of her death, we will be able to do something about it,” Kathy Kurpiewski said.

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  1. Ken says:

    So let me get this straight. If less people sue the city or the city has a lower amount of money in judgements against them then our taxes will be lower??!! I don”t think so.

  2. Rafael says:

    @amanda there is nothing wrong with the intersection, people are illegally going through red lights! Every intersection in NYC is dangerous!!

  3. Rafael says:

    So your going to sue the city because of bad drivers eating the red light? Makes no sense, these people are looking for cash, simple.

  4. DION REED says:

    SUE SUE SUE!!!!!!BLOOMBERG IS A NAZI AND HE WILL RIP OUT YOUR FILLINGS IF HE COULD.GET BACK WHAT IS YOURS!

  5. jim grogan says:

    Jim Mears

    I’m sick of people suing when bad things happen. It isn’t the cities responsibility, nor does it have the ability to protect its people from a person who makes a mistake as running a red light. Absurd garbage. Every intersection is dangerous as vehicles are arriving at different speed and going in different directions. Most accidents in urban areas occur in intersections. What else can the city government do other than install a traffic signal, post speed limit signs, install other traffic warning signs as applicable, and have the police enforce the traffic laws. I guarantee the suit came about because ambulance chasing attorneys contacted the family and persuaded them to file. Line up the attorneys and let them all get run down. I’m sick of it.

    January 14, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Reply | Report comment

    1. katkal says:

      I am with you 100%..this was really sad, a grandma was killed in front of her grandson..something he will NEVER forget!! Someone has to pay- THE DRIVER WHO RAN THE RED LIGHT- not OUR tax dollars! I really do think that the USA has become sue happy, but if one feels the need to sue, than sue the RIGHT party- in this case that would be the driver who ran the red light- (oh, but wait, he was illegal and had no insurance right??!- just speculation folks why else sue the city over the guilty party!)

  6. Vic VonDoom says:

    “It’s a process…studies have to be done,” Molinaro said.

    Idiot. How many people have to die before you make a change? These “studies” are a scam and a total ripoff. A few years ago the Thruway authority did a study (that cost around 2 million bucks as I recall) to see where the EZ-Pass lanes should go on thruway exits. The study seems to have shown that rhyme or reason doesn’t apply. I would have told them for a mere $100,000 that they should go ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE, where the FAST LANES ARE!!!

  7. cygon says:

    Tea Party get together and change the way governemtn is run. they have become the citizens’ masters when they should be our servants.

  8. Jim Mears says:

    I’m sick of people suing when bad things happen. It isn’t the cities responsibility, nor does it have the ability to protect its people from a person who makes a mistake as running a red light. Absurd garbage. Every intersection is dangerous as vehicles are arriving at different speed and going in different directions. Most accidents in urban areas occur in intersections. What else can the city government do other than install a traffic signal, post speed limit signs, install other traffic warning signs as applicable, and have the police enforce the traffic laws. I guarantee the suit came about because ambulance chasing attorneys contacted the family and persuaded them to file. Line up the attorneys and let them all get run down. I’m sick of it.

    1. Amanda Daloia says:

      I agree about everyone being sue happy, but not in this case. People have reported that there was a problem with this intersection and the city did nothing about it and now someone is dead. Money will not bring the women back but maybe the city should lose something it cares about, money.

      1. Stephanie says:

        Remember that comment when your taxes go up to cover the city’s legal bills and settlement costs, Amanda. That’s TAXPAYER money!

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