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Car accident kills off-duty traffic agent in New York

A woman whose day job sees her enforcing traffic laws throughout the city is dead after an alleged hit-and-run in Brooklyn. New York Police say the agent was killed after being ejected from her passenger position on a motorcycle and being hit by a taxi cab. The cab fled the scene of the car accident and police are still looking for the vehicle.

Reports indicate the 37-year-old woman was riding on the back of a motorcycle being driven by a 42-year-old man who lost control of the vehicle. The motorcycle hit the center median, catapulting the woman into oncoming traffic. She was then struck by an oncoming taxi cab that fled the scene with heavy damage to its front end. The woman was transported to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

The driver of the motorcycle was also injured, but is not being charged with a crime. He tested negative for intoxication and his license was valid. However, police are still seeking the wayward cab and have asked for the public’s assistance in tracking down the vehicle. The case remains under investigation as of this writing.

This tragic car accident has only been made more poignant by the fact that the cab did not stop to help the injured woman. However, if culpability is to be assigned by the victim’s family, who may wish to file a wrongful death suit in this case, the onus may fall primarily upon the motorcycle driver who lost control of his vehicle. Any such case would be dealt with in a New York civil court.

Source: New York Daily News, “Off-duty traffic agent killed in Brooklyn motorcycle accident, cops seek hit-and-run taxi driver,” Barry Paddock, Erik Badia, June 20, 2013