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Family Files Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit Against Doctor Charged With DWI In Deadly LI Crash

Monica Peterman's family announces wrongful death lawsuit. (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Monica Peterman’s family announces wrongful death lawsuit. (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The family of an aspiring nurse who was killed in a crash on Long Island earlier this month is filing a multi-million dollar wrongful death lawsuit.

Monica Peterman, 45, was on her way to work when her car was struck on East Main Street and Route 111 in Smithtown on June 14. Peterman was taken to a local hospital where she died.

Family Files Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit Against Doctor Charged With DWI In Deadly Crash

thomas stavola Family Files Multi Million Dollar Lawsuit Against Doctor Charged With DWI In Deadly LI Crash
Mona Rivera reports

Police charged cardiologist Dr. Thomas Stavola, 54, of Setauket, with driving while intoxicated.

“He was a coward, he ran from the scene,” said attorney David Wojcik.

Peterman’s family is seeking $10 to $20 million in damages from the doctor and any bar he may have been drinking at, 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reported.

The victim’s husband had tears in his eyes as he described his final night with his wife.

“I saw her that night after picking my son up from the movies and we didn’t have any idea that was going to be our last time seeing her,” Russell Peterman said. “Not in a million years I would expect this to happen.”

Stavola pleaded not guilty and is out on bail.

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