Teen with Learner’s Permit Kills a 9-Year-Old Boy in Floral Park

May 19, 2011, Floral Park, NY – According to a report from NBC New York, a teen with her learner’s permit killed a 9-year-old boy in Floral Park.  The tragic car accident took place on Thursday, May 12, when a 16-year-old teen was taking a driving lesson with her mother. The unidentified teen was driving an SUV when she struck a mother and son riding his bicycle at the corner of Plainfield Avenue and Martha Terrace.  Kathy Burrous, 49, was just grazed by the SUV but sadly, her 9-year-old son, Andrew, had been struck hard. He was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  According to police, the fatal car accident is believed to have been the result of driver inexperience. It is suspected that the teen may have put her foot on the gas pedal instead of the brake. It is still under investigation. However, charges against the teen are not expected.  If you or a loved one has been seriously or fatally injured in a car accident, your next step should be to speak with a New York personal injury attorney.  According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, there were 1,156 fatalities as a result of traffic accidents in the state of 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 are:

  • 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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