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Recently, a young boy on his way to school with his 11-year-old sister, ran ahead of her, fell, and was killed when the rear tires of a tractor trailer ran over his body as the driver turned left on 61st Street and Northern Boulevard. The 51-year-old trucker from Newark was driving under a suspended license at the time of the fatal accident. He faces charges of operating a vehicle in violation of safety rules and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Efforts by the assistant principal of the nearby school to revive the child were unsuccessful.

The trucking company, based in New Jersey, claims it had no knowledge of his license suspension or the reason(s) behind it. The safety manager for the company said that federal laws did not require verification of drivers' licenses. The same company faced legal woes in 2004 when they were ordered by a New York City District Court to pay a $1,000 fine for falsified duty logs and having outdated records.

There was no crossing guard assigned to the intersection, despite the entreaties of parents whose children must cross there to get to school.

The family of the child pronounced dead at the accident scene recently emigrated to the United States from Bangladesh, and were grief-stricken over the tragic accident.

Tragedies such as this one cannot be prevented sometimes, even by drivers with lawfully issued, valid licenses. However, the penalties and fines can be, and usually are, enhanced by the courts when it's discovered the driver had no legal right to be behind the wheel.

If you find yourself in a situation where you are ticketed for driving with a suspended license, with or without an accident occurrence, your first move should be to consult with competent counsel who can advise you of your options and help you navigate the often confusing New York Traffic Court system.

Source: nypost.com, "Boy dies after being hit by truck of man with suspended license" Georgett Roberts, Antonio Antenucci and Chritina Carrega-Woodby, Dec. 20, 2013

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