A MTA bus driver was killed after a stolen delivery truck collided with the bus.
Dominic Whilby, 23, allegedly stole a delivery truck and drove it through New York City where it crashed into a bus in Greenwich Village, according to New York's WABC.
When it comes to the bus driver's death and passengers' injuries, who will be responsible?
What Happened In The Accident?
Whilby was apparently out partying until the wee hours of the night before stealing the delivery truck, according to the New York Post. Prior to colliding with the MTA bus, During his joyride, Whilby clipped a scooter, food cart vendor, and several parked cars.
According to WABC, the delivery truck allegedly struck the bus causing it to hit a building and scaffolding. William Pena, the bus driver, was pronounced dead at the scene and a few passengers sustained minor injuries.
Who's Responsible For Pena's Death?
For Pena, his family can likely sue Whilby for wrongful death. For wrongful death, a truck accident attorney in New York City will have to prove that Whilby's negligence caused Pena's death. In order to recover for wrongful death, Pena's family must show that they relied on him financially while he was alive and his death is causing them to suffer monetary injuries.
On the other hand, the owner of the delivery truck might also be a party to a personal injury lawsuit. In this case, the owner of the stolen delivery truck was inside a bodega making a delivery and left the keys inside the car, according to WABC. Pena's family may be able to sue the delivery truck owner for negligence if he had a duty to make sure no one could access his vehicle while it was unattended. However, if the delivery truck driver didn't own the vehicle and it was a company truck, then the company could be held liable if there's an established relationship between the trucking company and driver.
The alleged stolen truck driver is also the nephew of supermodel Tyson Beckford, according to the New York Post.
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