Bay Shore boy burned by hot tar, family plans to sue town
A Bay Shore mother is planning to sue the Town of Islip after she said her son was burned by hot tar when he rode his bike into an unmarked neighborhood repaving project.
Nakita Jordan said her son David, 11, was riding his bike a few blocks from his home Wednesday afternoon when he ran into the patch of hot tar on Tillie Street near Belford Avenue.
The roadwork wasn't marked by safety cones or warning signs, Jordan said Thursday.
"He was crossing the black tar on his bike, and the tar was so hot that the tire got stuck onto the tar and he fell off the bike into the tar," she said.
Hauppauge attorney Kenneth Mollins filed a notice of claim with the town Thursday, declaring the Jordan family's intent to sue.
The Town of Islip said residents in the vicinity were notified by letter in advance of the paving project.
Public Works Commissioner Thomas Owens said in a statement Thursday that a town paving supervisor was on site at the time of the 2 p.m. accident.
He said "all of the appropriate and required safety measures were met and monitored."
Jordan, 30, a certified nursing assistant, claims that after her son was burned, workers on the scene did nothing to help.
"They didn't pick up their phones, didn't call 911 at all," she said. "They saw him over there hurt, crying, and they just continued to work."
She said a neighbor heard the commotion and took David inside, and they contacted her. The boy was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was treated for second-degree burns to his right leg and left palm, the mother said.
He was released Wednesday night.