Patrick Varriale Killed in Alleged Hit-and-run Accident in Staten Island, NY
Staten Island, NY -- May 13, 2022, Patrick Varriale was killed due to an accident where police say an MTA bus hit him, then left the scene.
In their reports, authorities said that the crash took place at around 4:30 a.m. at Forest Hill Road and Platinum Avenue.
According to officials, 69-year-old Patrick Varriale was walking and crossed the intersection. While doing so, police say an MTA bus traveling eastbound on Forest Hill attempted to turn onto Platinum, hitting Varriale. The bus then left the scene.
Varriale sustained fatal injuries due to the collision. Authorities eventually identified the bus driver as Darrell Sweet, who now faces charges for leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and failure to exercise due care.
Additional details are unclear at this time.
Commentary on Patrick Varriale MTA Bus Accident in Staten Island
Just to be clear up front, I can't speak on the veracity of the allegations surrounding this tragic event. I'm simply glad to know the authorities are still giving this tragic event the attention it deserves. But something to consider in a situation like this is just how foreseeable the situation was. That's not necessarily in reference to the driver, though finding out how they failed to see someone crossing the road is worth attention. Rather, it's important a family also has the means to find out if the driver's employer could have seen something like this coming.
A factor I rarely see authorities address on their own is the hiring and training procedures of a company involved in a deadly accident. Not long ago, for example, I handled a case involving a dangerously inexperienced truck driver. The records we dug up showed not only that the driver had almost no commercial trucking experience, it also showed his employer failed to train him properly. They cared more about getting the truck on the road than the safety of their own driver, let alone the general public. It was entirely foreseeable that inexperience would get someone hurt eventually.
Is it possible something like that happened here? A large entity like MTA is bound to hire all kinds of people, and if there was any kind of shortcoming in their background checks, training procedures, or oversight of employee behavior, then it's possible the company itself failed to prevent this tragic event. Again, I can't say whether or not that's what happened here without there being far more thorough independent investigations. Hopefully steps continue to be taken here to ensure the victim's loved ones are getting the full story.