NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The son of a New York City police officer killed in a crash on a bridge ramp has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the city.
Officer Elisa Toro, 36, of the Bronx, a 10-year veteran and mother of two, was driving home from her shift when her car struck a guard rail and then a cement barrier on the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge ramp on Dec. 10.
The car then overturned and slammed into a vacant store on Queens Plaza South in Long Island City, police said.
The lawsuit alleges city officials knew the curve was a deadly hazard.
The site of the crash, infamously known as “dead man’s curve,” was the scene of a series of serious vehicle crashes, which left two people dead in 2011.
In March 2011, an out of control car coming off the ramp smashed into a restaurant and salon, killing a pedestrian. Eight days later, another car off the ramp smashed into the stores, which left a passenger dead. Nearly a month later, a third car slammed into a livery cab and the concrete barrier.
Toro’s son told the Daily News that “after a couple of accidents, you would think they’d fix it.”
The city Law Department says it will review the lawsuit.
You May Also Be Interested In These Stories:
- Storms Bring Flooding, Wind, Downed Trees To Much Of Tri-State Area
- At Least 1 Dead, Others Injured In Garden State Parkway Accident
- Gunmen Take Hostages In Deadly Bangladesh Restaurant Attack; ISIS Claims Responsibility
- More Than 1 Million Doses Of Heroin Found In Bronx Home, 9 Arrested
(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)