Legal News for New York brain injury attorneys. Accident investigation finds NY fire chief liable for victims severe head injuries.
New York brain injury attorneys alert Southwood fire chief was issued a traffic violation for a car wreck, which resulted in potential traumatic brain injury.
Syracuse, NY—The fire chief of the Southwood Volunteer Fire Department was charged on Monday, July 20, 2009 with a traffic violation of following too closely. The violation was a result from his participation in a serious accident on Wednesday, July 15, 2009, as reported by Syracuse.com.
The accident occurred when Fire Chief Thomas Bouvia, 43, of Jamesville was following too closely to the SUV in front of him, which caused him to slammed into the back of the vehicle. The driver of the rear-ended SUV, Kala R. Stafford, 18, of LaFayette reportedly sustained serious head injuries. Accident officials said Stafford was airlifted by helicopter to University hospital for treatment of her potential traumatic brain injury (TBI). According to attending medical professionals, Stafford is listed in fair condition as of Monday night. Stafford’s passenger, Meredith E. Rodgers, 21, of Fayetteville received a cut on her head and was transported by area emergency medical service (EMS) crews to University hospital for treatment.
According to initial accident reports, Bouvia was reportedly not paying attention when he struck the SUV, and was not cited. Police officials stated, inattention isn’t against the law; therefore he was not issued any violations. When investigators further inspected the accident, they decided to issue Bouvia a traffic violation.
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