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.
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