• May 09, 2017

2 Injured, William Castaldi Charged in Ramapo, NY, Accident

Ramapo, NY -- May 8, 2017, two people were injured and William Castaldi was charged in connection with an accident involving alcohol and a tow truck.

Ramapo Police Department officials released details surrounding the accident. They say that it took place along Highway 17 near the intersection of Seven Lakes Drive.

Preliminary reports indicate that 34-year-old William Castaldi was driving a flatbed tow truck along Highway 17. The tow truck belonged to a company called. "Big-Tows," based out of Spring Valley.

As he drove, the tow truck drifted over the center traffic line into oncoming traffic. This put it into the path of a Chevy Suburban limousine, and the two vehicles collided head-on.

As a result of the collision, the 44-year-old driver of the limo and the 42-year-old female passenger, who reports say is pregnant, were injured. EMS transported them both to Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment.

Police investigators determined that Castaldi was drunk at the time of the accident and was also texting in the moments leading up to the collision. Three finished tall-boy beers were photographed in the cab of the tow truck.

Castaldi was placed under arrest and currently faces charges of reckless endangerment, aggravated DWI, and other traffic violations.

No further information is currently available.

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Commentary

On this blog, I often talk about how difficult it is to determine the proximate cause of any given commercial vehicle accident. This accident is no exception. Which factor could possibly be to blame here? Was it the texting and driving, or was it the drunk driving? It just goes to show that things aren't ever so simple.

Now I don't mean to make light of the situation, but let's be honest here: this truck driver screwed up big time. In many articles I've talked about how certain drivers simply shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a commercial vehicle, and this accident is an absolute poster child for that point. Pretty much everything that could have gone wrong went wrong, and it's a miracle that those affected weren't killed.

If the many reports saying the driver was drunk and texting are accurate, then it should go without saying that he should be held accountable to full extent of the law. And in order for those affected to truly get justice for their pains, it needs to be determined why the towing company allowed this person behind the wheel of one of their vehicles. After all, if one of their employees can make this big of a mistake, who's to say others aren't out there doing the same? There needs to be a thorough investigation, and anyone responsible for this accident must answer for their actions.

--Grossman Law Offices

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