A bus driver died in a horrific wreck at the intersection of Seventh Ave. and W. 14th St. after a stolen truck hit his bus. The truck was being driven by Domonic Whilby, 22, the nephew of model/actor Tyson Beckford, reported the New York Daily News (2.13.14).
MTA bus driver William Pena, 49, was thrown from his M14D bus and run over by itafter the box truck slammed into his vehicle. The impact had sent both vehicles careening onto the Greenwich Village sidewalk. Pena was pronounced dead at the scene.
As reported by the New York Daily News, the truck was stolen from a garage about two blocks from the accident scene. Allegedly, Whilby jumped inside and sped away as the truck was making an early morning delivery.
According to the New York Daily News, a witness saw the box truck “run a red light seconds before the crash.”
A number of other people suffered non-fatal injuries in the collision. A person on a scooter was dragged for about 50 feet but survived. A worker in an enclosed food cart suffered burns on his body caused by steaming water from the cart’s water line. Whilby suffered minor neck injuries.
Police were not pursuing the truck prior to the bus accident.
Workers’ Comp death benefits for workers with families
MTA bus driver Pena died on the job. Although no amount of compensation can replace a loved one, workers’ comp benefits are available for his surviving family members, including his 17-year-old daughter. Under New York workers’ compensation laws, dependents of a worker who died as a result of an on-the-job accident may be entitled to receive weekly cash benefits or a lump sum award. The idea behind death benefits in New York is to help provide financial stability for those who are affected the most by the worker’s death.
Workers’ compensation in New York provides death benefits to a spouse and to dependent minor children of the employee who was killed.
Workplace deaths and third-party lawsuits
When a worker dies a there are usually a number of legal aspects that must be considered. A lawyer can guide families through this difficult time and answer questions regarding workers’ compensation death benefits.
Wrongful death lawsuits seek to hold another entity liable for a loss of life caused by another person’s negligent or deliberate behavior. A wrongful death claim may be brought against any third party whose carelessness resulted in another’s death, from a negligent project manager to a drunk driver If somebody’s negligence caused a death, surviving dependents have the right to seek compensation for damages that can include payment for loss of future earnings, funeral expenses and any medical expenses.
This lawsuit would be in addition to pursuing a workers’ comp claim.
Lawyers at The Perecman Firm can make sure injured workers and/or their families receive the benefits and compensation they deserve.