Seven years later Anthony Tuturro who was struck by a speeding car at the 2004 Christmas Tree ceremony gets a verdict. Which after the math is all said and done works out to be $19 million from the city. Via NY Post
Acording to the decision the panel believed that city officials ignored the warnings from Gerritsen Beach residents that Gerritsen Avenue needed traffic calming measures to to slow down drivers.
The driver Louis Pascarella who had a suspended license at the time, was maintaining a speed of 54 mph when he struck Anthony Turturro, who was riding his bike.
The jury determined that the plaintiffs’ damages totaled $36,161,797.52. The comparative-negligence reduction produced a net recovery of $32,545,617.77, but the plaintiffs do not expect to recover that amount. Beatrice Pascarella and Louis Pascarella are not expected to contribute more than $50,000, which represents the limit of their insurer’s obligation. The city must pay the remainder of the economic damages, but it does not have to pay more than 30 percent of the noneconomic damages.
A crane doing construction work on the bridge on the Belt snapped, approx 40 ft of the crane fell into the water along with deisel fuel and hydro fuel, No one was injured. The construction company was going to handle the clean up.
In total there were five motor vehicle acciednts most with injuries in the past week.
June 25th Gerritsen and Avenue W with injuries
June 28th Gerritsen and Channel Ave with Injuries
June 29th Gerritsen and Everett Ave no Injuries
July 1st Gerritsen and Avenue U with Injuries
July 2nd Gerritsen and Cryus Hit and Run Vehicle Only no reported Injuries
Why is summer such a dangerous time on Gerritsen Avenue
Speed – The speed limit on Gerritsen Avenue is 25 MPH for a reason. Speed kills pedestrians and can lead to a crash with less reaction time.
Teen drivers aren’t in school. When kids have the summer off, they are more likely to be on the road and they are more likely to be staying out late or even drinking on the weekends and during the week. College kids, too, aren’t studying on campus as they are during the academic year – they are more often on the road and out with friends. With less to do and less experience behind the wheel than most adults, teens become involved in accidents involving speeding, driver error, reckless driving, and drunk driving.
More cars are on the road. More vehicles out on the streets means more traffic and more accidents.
More pedestrians and cyclists are out and about. Just as there are more cars on the roads, there are also more motorcycles, bicycles, and people on foot. Distracted drivers and drivers who aren’t familiar with bicycle and pedestrian law smay find themselves in an accident before fall arrives.
Drinking More daylight hours and warmer weather, summer days can fool one into thinking less time and drinking has passed than has actually passed. The commercials and ads encourage you to drink “responsibly” – but the key here is that the companies that manufacture and sell alcohol ENCOURAGE YOU TO DRINK.
Gathering friends and families together to celebrate summer with backyard cookouts, pool parties, and baseball games is part of the American tradition. Most of these events include alcohol. After all, what is a hotdog or hamburger without a beer?
It is a hard conversation to have with a friend when you believe he has had too much to drink and needs to give up his keys and take a taxi home, get a ride with a sober friend or spend the night at your home. However, think about how much harder it would be to have a conversation with the police or his family if he were involved in a traffic accident. Moreover, think about the even HARDER conversation if that accident resulted in a fatality.
Do not “drink responsibly” and drive. Be responsible.
As much as it pains GerritsenBeach.net to bring it up: All weekend long kids were throwing rocks at people, buses and cars again from Seba Avenue Park.
One resident even tried to reason with the kids:
Tonight I was at the skate park…a group of teenagers ages ranging 13-15 were throwing rocks, scooters, and pretty much anything else they could at busses, car services, and houses across from the skate park….I told them what they are doping is absolutely dumb…but they dont listen. I called 911, and no response. They continued to terrorize for almost two hours. No one cares. Sucks man. This neighborhood is funny, the parents dont give a !@#$ , and apparently neither do the police. Ridiculous..
They were throwing rocks at the bus shelter while a young man was sitting there waiting for the bus with his girlfriend. If it would have broke. you could have killed one of them. Thats also very unintelligent of you all.
Ive never once in my life felt the need to call 911. However tonight, even I felt like i was in danger,and thats !@#$%^& up. thats not what this neighborhood is about. People shouldnt have to worry about a$$hole kids throwing rocks at them in Gerritsen Beach. Not smart guys. Unsafe, not cool, and totally stupid. it’s time for a reality check. Your generation is !@#$%^ up, and thats sucks cause you are all unfortunately the future of this neighborhood. Things arent looking up. =(
We have also heard on good authority that one of the Radio Control Airplane guys saw a kid that he thinks was involved in throwing rocks at his vechile and started to yell at him. The kid ran home got his father, and a how dare you accuse my kid started and the Airplane Guy left for fear of retaliation.
Editorial note: People have accused GerritsenBeach.net of “creating” these problems saying that they do not exist, have never existed and only exist because we wrote about it. They do exist, we are just the messenger. We hate these stories as much as you do because they are horrible to hear about and more horrible to know that it’s our kids. We only bring these stories to your attention to make you aware of what is happening in your community. However, If you have ever seen any historical Gerritsen Beach paper you would know that the issues we face today are the same issues that have been around since the year of the flood. We are judged on how we react to the situation. We have always intend to show the great things of the neighborhood and will continue to do so. We will show the “bad” when it becomes a neighborhood issue.