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Town of Oyster Bay OKs payment to settle three lawsuits

Oyster Bay Town Hall on March 26, 2012.

Oyster Bay Town Hall on March 26, 2012. (Credit: Nicole Bartoline)

Oyster Bay town board has approved paying $119,351 to settle three negligence lawsuits stemming from car accidents involving vehicles driven by town employees.

The largest payment was $72,500 to settle claims arising over a 2009 accident in which a truck driven by town employee Robert Limoncelli rear-ended Pei-Xin Yu’s vehicle on Old Bethpage Road near the intersection with Haypath Road.

In 2012, a state judge in Nassau County granted a partial summary judgment in favor of Yu on the issue of liability. The decision said the driver traveling behind another driver has a duty to maintain a safe distance behind the front vehicle. The settlement covers Yu’s personal injury claims that the crash injured her right knee and shoulder.


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“We did accept the fault,” Oyster Bay spokeswoman Marta Kane said.

The town also approved a $24,000 payment to Sonia Kamal and her attorney to settle a personal injury claim that alleged she suffered a spinal injury in a collision with a town vehicle in Hicksville in 2009. The third payment approved was $22,851 to settle a claim by Nationwide Insurance Company of America for insured property damage for an accident in 2011 in which the company alleged a vehicle driven by a town employee rear-ended Bruce Yearwood.

Kane said that none of the town employees involved in the accidents was disciplined.

Tags: Oyster Bay , car , accident , lawsuits , settled , towns

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