November 18, 2010 – Westbury, NY – The New York Daily News reports that an off-duty New York City police officer was killed in a Long Island car accident. Police officer Fred Barraza, 33, was killed on Thursday, November 11 at approximately 2 a.m., when he lost control of his Honda Accord on Carmen Avenue and slammed into a tree. According to Nassau County police, he was on his way home after work when he swerved in front of another car and ran off the road. Barraza worked as a police officer in the 110th Precinct in Queens and is survived by a wife and child. Passenger Jose Valdevenito, 35, who is also a cousin of Barraza’s, was ejected from the vehicle. He has been admitted to Nassau University Medical Center with serious head trauma. Police are still investigating to determine if alcohol was a factor in the crash but say that Barraza was speeding. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 1,156 fatalities as a result of traffic accidents in the state of New York in 2009.
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. 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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