New York, NY – Bus Driver Found Guilty in Death of Citi Bicyclist
New York, NY (October 1, 2018) – The charter bus driver who fatally hit an investment banker last year was found guilty today, October 1. The accident occurred in Manhattan as the victim was riding a Citi bike as part of a bike-share program. The driver was found guilty of failing to yield the right-of-way.
36-year-old Dan Hanegby, of Brooklyn, was riding the bike in the Chelsea neighborhood when the bus collided with him and knocked him off the bike. Tragically, the bus continued to run over Hanegby. Dave Lewis, the bus driver, was also found guilty of failure to exercise due care.
Lawyers for Lewis argued that Hanegby was unaware of his surroundings as he was wearing headphones at the time of the incident. However, prosecutors stated that the victim had the right-of-way and that Lewis should have been aware of the bicycle rider.
Lewis will be sentenced on October 22, for one misdemeanor and one violation, effectively facing up to 45 days in jail.
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We extend our condolences to the family members and friends of the victim as the verdict may likely come as little compensation. It is import to understand, however, that the victims’ loved ones may likely have grounds for financial compensation in light of the guilty verdict.
Bicycle accidents in New York often lead to serious injuries and death, particularly when a large vehicle is also involved. The pain and devastation caused by negligent drivers can be tremendous, and it is important to understand that victims and their family members have rights.
We here at Hach & Rose understand that nothing can replace the loss of a loved one, and our experienced New York accident attorneys are devoted to holding negligent drivers and other entities responsible for the immense pain and devastation they cause. If you have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident, please call 212-779-0057.
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