Tappan Zee Boat Crash Survivor, Daniel DiIorgi, Represented by Parker Waichman LLPAug 2, 2013
One of the survivors of last Friday night’s fatal Tappan Zee crash is being represented by national law firm, Parker Waichman LLP. The firm continues to investigate what led to the deadly crash that killed a bride-to-be and her future husband’s best man and injured her fiancé and three of their friends.
Based on reports from the surviving victims and area locals, a series of barges, lashed together on the Hudson River as part of the newly started Tappan Zee reconstruction project, was not well lit and not visible to the vessel’s operator and the surviving crash victims. In fact, accounts from people familiar with the area indicate that poor lighting has been an issue at the barge site for some time.
The 19-foot Stingray speedboat struck the construction barges killing Lindsey Stuart and Mark Lennon. Lindsey, who was laid to rest in a funeral service yesterday was planning on marrying Brian Bond next week. Brian is one of the four survivors among the six friends who were on the boat on the night of July 26. Mark’s funeral is scheduled for today in New Jersey.
Parker Waichman is investigation questions concerning the barges’ visibility and lighting, which many are saying was insufficient.
Media outlets report that the four crash survivors say that lighting was very poor on the construction site and even after impact; so poor, in fact, that the three barges were not discernable from the dark sky and water.
Nicholas Warywoda, an associate at Parker Waichman LLP said, "We are actively investigating the barge’s visibility and lighting on the night of this tragic accident.” Mr. Warywoda pointed out that, “Our client, Daniel DiIorgi, has stated that he didn’t see the barge before impact, nor did he see the barge after the crash. The fact that Mr. DiIorgi did not see the barge at any point before and after impact indicates that lighting on the barge was not adequate.” Mr. Dilorgi, 28, suffered serious facial injuries in the crash.
Concerning reports from the friends of those injured and killed on the Hudson River, that the area of impact looked like a so-called “black hole.” Mr. Warywoda said, “So that’s what everyone—us and the authorities—are looking into, as well as possible intoxication of the driver of the boat.”
Despite that area locals, regular boaters, and eye witnesses disagree, the Thruway Authority maintains that lighting was up to code and met all Coast Guard requirements on the night of the crash.. "Evidently there's something wrong with the code. If you can't see that barge and the only way you can see it is through radar, then maybe this accident shouldn't have happened," Warywoda said.
Parker Waichman continues to investigate the matter, including lighting on the barges, the barges’ visibility, and other potential factors that led to the crash.