11/23/2015 // JusticeNewsFlash // (press release)
New York – A driver who hit a 3-year-old girl and her grandmother with his SUV while they were crossing a street in Queens has been ordered to pay 75 percent of his net worth to the family of the young girl. The New York Post reported that the driver, Ahmad Abu-Zayedeh, has also promised to stay off the roads for five years and not apply for a driver’s license before 2020.
If the agreement is breached Abu-Zayedeh will be required to pay an additional $100,000 to the family of Allison Liao, who was killed in the incident.
The lawyer for the family, Steve Vaccaro, has said that the agreement is in line with the amendments drivers who cause fatal accidents in other parts of the world make stating, “These kinds of penalties are never applied in the United States as long as the driver was sober, so we were able to use civil litigation to get a semblance of the kind of justice they get around the world… We hope that it will start a trend.”
Abu-Zayedeh wrote an apology letter to the family of the young girl stating, “I was not looking where I should have been when I turned my car, and that is the sole reason why she is dead,” he wrote. “I have watched the video recording of the incident and I now understand that I am entirely at fault for Allison’s death, and that she and her grandmother Chin Hua were blameless.”
Source: New York Post News Story http://nypost.com/2015/10/30/driver-who-mowed-down-toddler-must-stay-off-road-pay-family-bulk-of-net-worth/