5-Year-Old Killed by Drugged-Up Driver on Long Island

December 19, 2011 – Long Island, N.Y. – According to a report from NBC New York, a 5-year-old boy was killed by a driver under the influence of drugs.  The fatal car accident occurred on Saturday, Dec. 10, on Sunrise Highway. Steven Kinalis, 30, of Ronkonkoma, was heading east in his 2007 Toyota Scion when he struck the back of a 2004 Dodge pickup truck. Kevin Gaffney, 36, of West Islip, was driving the pickup truck, with his family inside, that was rear-ended. His truck was pushed off the road and hit a tree. His 5-year-old son was airlifted to Stony Brook Medical Center but died on Sunday.  Gaffney, his wife, and 2 other children (ages 2 and 7) were treated for non-life threatening injuries at Stony Brook Medical Center.  If you or a loved one was involved in a serious or fatal car accident caused by the negligence of someone else, you could be entitled to compensation.

Speak to a Staten Island car accident attorney to learn what legal options may be obtainable. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, there were 1,156 fatalities as a result of traffic accidents in New York. To help raise awareness of traffic safety in the New York area, our firm will frequently publish blogs about traffic accidents that occur throughout the 5 boroughs and beyond. We do this to raise awareness about the common types of motor vehicle accidents that occur in New York that may result in serious injury or traffic fatalities.  Among the most common types of traffic accidents in New York include:

  • accidents caused by hazardous road conditions;
  • single-vehicle crashes;
  • rollover accidents; and
  • “distracted driver” accidents or crashes caused by intoxicated drivers.

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