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Staten Island Car Accident Kills Brooklyn Teacher

Frank J. Dito, Jr.
Car accident, personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney serving Staten Island and Brooklyn New York.

Posted on Nov 22, 2009

A Staten Island car accident involving a drunk driver results in the death of a Brooklyn school teacher. The incident took place at approximately 2:30 AM on Sunday morning, November 1, 2009 along the Staten Island Expressway.

According to police, Lucia Negrete, 25, a math teacher at Franklin K. Lane School in Brooklyn, was ejected from a 2002 Honda when the vehicle she was a passenger in slammed into a guardrail along the Staten Island Expressway. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Honda was driven by Negrete’s boyfriend, Jose Sandoval, who was reported as having a blood alcohol content of 0.239. The legal limit is 0.08. According to reports, Sandoval weighs approximately 170 pounds meaning that he drank equivalent of 13 beers in the four hours preceding the crash.

According to sources, the couple was returning home from a Halloween party when the incident occurred. Investigators report that Sandoval was driving at speeds in excess of 80 mph when he hit a puddle, lost control and slammed into a guardrail. The force of the impact caused the Honda to swerve across the expressway and hit the center median. Negrete was ejected through the window, killing her.

The incident is still under investigation by local authorities. However, Sandoval has been charged with drunken driving and criminally negligent homicide.

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