ATTORNEY FOR VICTIM’S FAMILY COMMENTS ON ARRAIGNMENT OF TRUCK DRIVER FOR MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES RELATED TO 2012 HEAD-ON CRASH IN LOCUST VALLEY
“Today, we learned that the operator of the cement truck involved in this horrific crash has been charged with being under the influence of drugs and talking on his cell phone at the time of the crash,” Mr. Dalli said. “At the arraignment, we also learned that Mr. Ragen has a long criminal history, including multiple drug convictions. We are at a loss to understand how he could be hired to operate a nearly 40,000-pound vehicle in residential areas. Mr. Ragen’s employer is as responsible for Mr. Guevara’s death as the person they hired to be behind the wheel.”
On January 23, Mr. Ragen was arraigned in Nassau County Court before Judge Tammy Robbins. He faces charges of second-degree manslaughter, aggravated vehicular homicide, second-degree vehicular manslaughter, aggravated vehicular assault, first-degree vehicular assault, two counts of second-degree assault, three counts of third-degree assault, two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree reckless endangerment, driving while ability impaired by drugs in a commercial vehicle, reckless driving, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and using a mobile phone while driving.
On October 22, 2012, Mr. Dalli filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court in Nassau County on behalf of Mr. Guevara’s family which includes causes of action for wrongful death and conscious pain and suffering. Those named as defendants in the lawsuit include Mr. Ragen, S. Nicolia & Sons Realty Corp., Metropolitan Ready Mix Equipment Corp., Nicolia Ready Mix Corp. and Nicolia Ready-Mix Corporation.
For more information, call (516) 292-4700 or visit www.dallimarino.com.
Dalli & Marino, LLP is a full-service trial law firm concentrating in personal injury law including construction accidents, medical malpractice, automobile accidents and wrongful death claims. The firm has a concentration in nursing home litigation in which their clients have been victims of abuse at a nursing home, which may include failing to properly administer medication; physical, sexual and mental abuse; bedsores; falls; and malnutrition. The firm has offices in Mineola, New York and in Manhattan. For more information, call (516) 292-4700 or visit www.dallimarino.com.
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