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Vanessa Raghubar Dead after Being Hit by Drunk Off-Duty NYPD Detective

“Investigation Ongoing”

QUEENS, NEW YORK (April 24, 2017) – 22 year old Vanessa Raghubar was tragically killed in an accident on the Van Wyck Expressway, according to a local news source. (map)

The accident happened early Sunday morning, on the southbound side of the Van Wyck Expressway near Rockaway Boulevard. Vanessa Raghubar was driving her Honda Civic southbound when she was rear ended at a high rate of speed by a 32 year old man driving a Mercedes. The impact caused Vanessa’s Civic to strike a tree and a light pole.

Vanessa Raghubar was rushed to a local hospital, but she tragically succumbed to her injures early Monday morning and was pronounced dead. Her two passengers were both hospitalized in unknown condition. The man who struck Vanessa’ vehicle was identified as 32 year old Neville Smith, a detective with the 48th Precinct in the Bronx. Detective Smith was reportedly driving while under the influence of alcohol, and was arrested. The investigation is ongoing at this time.

“Sadly, there are no words that can comfort all family members and friends affected by this tragic accident,” said the attorneys from Lexton Law Firm. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved.”

We at Lexton Law Firm extend our sincerest sympathies to the family of the victim in this tragic accident. We are so sorry for your loss. While we do handle personal injury cases, we write these blogs as an informative measure, to alert families that they may have a wrongful death claim. Choosing an attorney is a personal decision, and one we respect entirely. We would like the opportunity to help you through this difficult time. With decades of experience in the field of accidents, we are prepared to handle everything for you so that you do not have to worry about anything during this time of mourning. Gathering police and coroner’s reports, talking with insurance companies, and filing claims on your behalf are just some of the duties we would like to take off your shoulders. If you are interested, please call us today at (877) 541-2111. We are here to help you.


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