“It’s No ‘Accident’: NYPD Changes the Way It Talks About Traffic Deaths” — CityLab

The NYPD’s attitude toward what happened that October night in 2011 was summed up by a remark made by an officer to Metro, a local newspaper:

“There’s no criminality,” an NYPD spokesman told Metro. “That’s why they call it an accident.”

But police in New York won’t be calling occurrences like the one that took Lefevre’s life “accidents” any longer – at least not officially. According to a report in The New York Times, as part of a package of reforms in the way it handles traffic fatalities, the NYPD is now replacing the term “accident” with the word “collision.”

Vaccaro and White represented the Lefevre family against the NYPD and the driver who killed Matthieu. Read more here.