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Oyster Bay agrees to settle wrongful-death lawsuit

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park Beach and Marina is

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park Beach and Marina is on West End Avenue in Oyster Bay. The Oyster Bay Town park features a beach, as well as a 96-slip marina, among other outdoor activities. This photo was taken Monday, March 26, 2012. Credit: Nicole Bartoline

Oyster Bay has agreed to pay $172,500 to settle a wrongful-death suit stemming from a 2010 car accident involving a town worker.

The estate of Shirley Singer alleged in a suit filed in 2011 in State Supreme Court in Mineola that the driver of a town-owned utility truck ran a red light and smashed into Singer’s car in Jericho. The force of the crash pushed her car into a utility pole on Columbia Drive and Broadway.

Singer, who was 85 and lived in Jericho, suffered injuries included fractured ribs and vertebrae that required surgery, according to Michael Della, an attorney at the law firm of Gruenberg Kelly Della P.C. of Ronkonkoma, which brought the suit on behalf of her son, Scott Singer.

Four weeks after the accident, she fell down stairs and was further injured and died three months later, Della said. The suit also alleged she suffered pain and suffering as a result of the accident. Her husband, Alvin, died the next year.

Della said the case hinged on testimony of an eyewitness who was no longer in Oyster Bay and was flown in from Florida. The town contended that the driver had not run the red light. Deputy town attorney Jeffrey Ehrlich said it was a case of “conflicting recollections” and that settling was better than leaving the outcome to a jury.

The town board approved the payment at its board meeting, which was held at 3:07 a.m. Wednesday morning after an eight hour public hearing.

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