On May 12, 2015 at 9:10 p.m. the doomed AMTRAK train No. 188 departed Philadelphia heading to New York City. The ill-fated locomotive would never arrive to its destination. Systematic safety neglect by the Defendant AMTRAK culminated in Defendant Train Engineer operating the train at a speed of 106 MPH, more than twice the 50 mph restricted speed limit, for this known dangerous curve resulting in a catastrophic train wreck at 9:23 p.m..
As the train left Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station at 9:10 p.m. it was carrying 238 passengers. One of these passengers was 43-year-old– Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at City University of New York (CUNY) Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York.
As the train left the station, our client had no idea that he was experiencing the final moments of his life. He had no opportunity to say a final goodbye to his mother, his beloved son, his siblings, or speak one last time to the thousands of students whose lives he touched and who loved him.
Our client was tragically killed in this train wreck. He was 1 of 8 victims who had their life come to an end in the twisted steel wreckage of that Amtrak train. The case was litigated in Federal Court in Pennsylvania and ultimately resulted in a historic and record breaking $265 Million total recovery.