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Pedestrian Accident with an MTA Bus Results in Death

Legal Factors Involved with the Accident

In September, a pedestrian accident occurred when an MTA bus hit a pedestrian around 2:30 a.m. in the Kingsbridge area of the Bronx close to West 231st street and Kingsbridge Avenue.

NY CBS Local reported that the pedestrian who died in the accident was Luis Inoa, age 23. He was riding in a livery cab and had asked the driver to stop. The cab had been traveling westbound on West 231st Street. As Inoa exited the cab, he began acting erratically while crossing the road.

The MTA bus driver tried to avoid hitting Inoa but couldn't stop in time. Both the livery cab driver and bus driver remained at the accident scene. Inoa suffered severe trauma and was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An investigation into the accident was being conducted.

Legal Aspects of the Accident

Several legal factors are apparent in relation to the accident.

  • The head of the New York Federation of Taxi Drivers wanted to prosecute the livery cab driver for not being licensed. He also wanted to take legal action against licensed livery owners who have leased cars to unlicensed drivers.
  • Inoa’s erratic behavior possibly indicated that he was intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.
  • While it was illegal for the driver to be unlicensed, in order to hold him responsible for causing the accident an attorney would have to prove that the driver’s negligence was the proximate cause of the accident.

When a pedestrian accident results in serious injury or death, and another party appears to be at fault, the injured party or surviving family should consult with an experienced accident attorney. There may be a legal basis to pursue a lawsuit and recover compensation for damages if the accident occurred due to another person’s negligence.

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