Kreindler & Kreindler Files Suit in The Case of Manhattan Stylist Killed While Crossing the Street on First Avenue


Kreindler & Kreindler LLP filed a law suit yesterday in the Supreme Court of the State of New York against multiple construction and trucking companies working on the Second Avenue Subway on behalf of the family of a woman whose was killed when she was hit, run over, dragged and her body ultimately severed by a dump truck in Manhattan last January.

The victim, Laurence Renard, a 35-year-old fashion stylist, was a pedestrian crossing First Avenue at 90th Street about a block from her home on January 24, 2011. Ms. Renard was walking inside the cross walk and with the green light when struck by a dump truck weighing more than 21,000 pounds and driven by Diego A. Tapia-Ulloa, one of several defendants in the case. Ms. Renard was mortally wounded and Mr. Tapia-Ulloa was arrested on the scene and charged with multiple counts, including failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in the crosswalk and driving with a suspended license.

Kreindler's investigation determined that the dump truck was using an unauthorized trucking route and that the defendants, including S3 Tunnell Constructors knew or should have known about this unauthorized and dangerous use of residential streets.

The case is being handled by Kreindler partners Dan Rose and Jim Kreindler and Jared Watkins