May 22, 2019 By Laura Hanrahan
The parents of a Rego Park woman killed by a taxi in a hit-and-run earlier this year are about to file a negligence lawsuit against the City.
On Feb. 24, Sherena Hundalani, 26, was standing on the sidewalk next to a Mobil Station at 63rd Road and Queens Boulevard waiting to cross the street when a green cab hit her from behind, dragging her underneath the car.
The driver, Lakhvinder Singh, fled the scene but was stopped by police near 62nd Drive and Junction Boulevard.
Hundalani was taken to a nearby hospital where she later died from her injuries.
Singh was taken into custody for questioning following the incident, but was later released. The case is still being investigated by the Queens District Attorney and no charges have been pressed.
Singh initially claimed the vehicle malfunctioned, according to Joshpe Mooney Paltzik LLP, the firm hired by Hundalani’s parents.
The suit, which names City of New York, the Department of Transportation, and the Taxi and Limousine Commission, alleges that Singh was using the Mobil station as an illegal turnaround—as is common for drivers who pick up passengers from the taxi stand on 63rd Road—when he struck and killed Hundalani.
Hundalani’s parents, Prakash and Bina, filed a notice of claim, which precedes formal civil action against government entities, on behalf of their daughter’s estate. They are seeking $25 million in damages, claiming that the various city agencies were aware of the dangerous conditions that lead to their daughter’s death, and allowed them to continue.
“We are devastated beyond words by the loss of our beautiful Sherena,” Hundalani’s parents said in a statement. “We are devastated beyond words by the loss of our beautiful Sherena. Everyday since her death has been a struggle. We are grateful to so many friends who have supported us and expressed their love for our daughter, but there must be accountability when an innocent young woman is killed by a taxi licensed by the City of New York while standing on the sidewalk of all places.”
A spokesperson for Joshpe Mooney Paltzik LLP called the current standard of taxi accident insurance coverage an outrage. Under current Taxi and Limousine regulations, insurance payouts for those injured or killed by a standard taxi or limousine are limited to $100,000 per person, $300,000 per accident, $200,000 in personal injury protection and $10,000 in property damage.
“Bill de Blasio has wasted billions of dollars of taxpayer funds on the Vision Zero advertising boondoggle supposedly designed to make the City’s streets safer,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “At the same time, the City government has opened the streets and sidewalks to reckless, unlicensed, and uninsured bicyclists—many of which are motorized—and more underinsured TLC vehicles than ever before.”
Later adding, “All vehicles licensed by New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission should be required to have no less than $1,000,000 in coverage so that future victims and their families will not suffer the indignity and injustice that Sherena and her family suffered. This requirement should forever be known as SHERENA’S LAW.”
cabby was in the wrong, speeding from a gas station, number one, she wasn’t j walking, waiting but wasn’t at crosswalk, either way, he sped from gas station, not the street, either way he’s at fault. lets not be ignorant any color or ethnicity could have done this at any given time.
Pedestrian has the right of way in NYS. How come he didn’t receive a tag or arrested?? how about one for avoiding and intersection ?? Wonder who came to the aide of Mr. Singh and got him preferential treatment?? . No police action?? My my who does he know?? If there was a malfunction Police accident investigation from the hwy patrol comes and does the scene and determines if the vehicle malfunctioned.
25 million seems awfully high for a basic millennial.
This is what happens when you flood the city with people from third world countries with their third world culture and habits. Lawlessness that is covered by “diversity” and “melting pot” nonsense. Deeply sorry about this beautiful young woman. Such a senseless death
Yeah why can’t we just be a city that only allows whites in.
Art – that’s what happens when the permit test is given in every language, when signs are in English! I don’t think most of the people who come here and are given driver’s licenses even take a road test or the 5 hour defensive driving class. I, and probably, most drivers, had to do that. There are way too many eastern european drivers on the road too.
>that’s what happens when the permit test is given in every language
Wow, imagine being so sensitive. Then again this is the group that protested Starbucks’ red cups.
You should move to a Republican paradise like Alabama instead of suffering this liberal nightmare.
NOT what she said! The tests are given in every language but the signs of the roads/how to maneuver the roads/speed limits are in English!!!
Did you read past the headline? This article is about damages and upping liability insurance.
Your generic rant about “dem illeguls” could be saved for a different post maybe? BTW did you take a taxi at all last week?
ok, why blame or mention the cyclists in all this? What would cause more damage or death? a 20 mph bike or +30 mph car? Do people not know how basic physics works? HEAVIER AND FASTER object is more dangerous. I am sorry for the loss, but this will continue to happen , sadly, as long as drivers get off totally, or just slaps on the wrists for all manner of traffic infractions. There is almost no repercussion currently for killing someone while driving. And the police are super lazy, as if its beneath them to monitor traffic. Case in point, IN FRONT OF THE POLICE STATION, at Yellowstone and Austin.
Speed limit is 25 doofus.