83-Year-Old Hit and Killed by FedEx Truck in Queens

Tuesday, March 1st, 2022

Police reported a FedEx driver tragically struck and killed an 83-year-old woman in Fresh Meadows, Queens at 9:49 a.m. February 24, 2022. Cecilia Armesto was crossing Union Turnpike at the intersection of 193rd Street when the FedEx driver crashed into her.

We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family of Ms. Armesto at this time.

Ms. Armesto was crossing Union Turnpike at the intersection of 193rd Street, seemingly with the right of way, when she was struck. The driver, a 72-year-old man, was traveling southbound on 193rd Street and attempted to make a right turn onto Union Turnpike to head west. It was at this point when this deadly crash occurred.  The driver of the FedEx truck stayed on the scene of the accident. EMS reported that the victim was unconscious and unresponsive, and that she had suffered severe trauma to her body. She suffered fatal injuries and was later pronounced dead at a Queens hospital. The circumstances of the collision remain under investigation and no arrests have been made.

A FedEx representative commented to the Queens Chronicle, “We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends who are mourning a loved one lost in this accident. Safety is our highest priority and we are cooperating fully with the investigating authorities at this time.”

Delivery trucks have long posed a threat to pedestrians and drivers. The increasing demand for home delivery means that FedEx truck drivers are under more and more pressure to make deliveries in a timely fashion. Large delivery trucks, like Fed Ex and Amazon, pose a hazard to pedestrians and cyclists, particularly when their drivers face unreasonable deadlines to meet increased delivery demands.

May 2021 was a particularly deadly time to cross in front of a FedEx truck. In that month, a driver on Long Island who was idling after a fender-bender was struck and killed by a FedEx truck, and a motorcyclist was killed when struck by a FedEx truck that was attempting to pass. Even when stationary, FedEx trucks can pose a risk: Double parking to cover many deliveries in one area can limit space on roadways and lead to accidents.

FedEx delivery trucks fall into the category of commercial vehicles. That means they are subject to regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). If an accident happens because FedEx or one of its drivers did not adhere to those regulations, the company may be liable for damages.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed by a delivery truck, it is important to understand everything that can be done to recover compensation.

The auto accident lawyers at Block O’Toole & Murphy have experience in fighting for the rights of accident victims against large delivery companies like FedEx and are well-renowned for getting the compensation that victims and family members legally deserve. Select results include:

  • $8,800,000 settlement for a 53-year-old grandmother who was walking to pick up her grandchildren from school when she was hit by a van that careened onto the sidewalk, resulting in neurological and physical injuries.
  • $3,375,000 settlement for a delivery truck driver who required spinal fusion surgery after he was rear-ended by a commercial truck.
  • $1,975,000 settlement for a 50-year-old man who was struck by a truck at a Brooklyn intersection, leaving him with lower back pain and various injuries.
  • $1,675,000 settlement for a mother who suffered a neck injury when the front of her vehicle was hit by a delivery truck in Harlem.

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