Gothamist: Judge Slams NYPD For Stonewalling Family Of Killed Cyclist Mathieu Lefevre

Judge Moulton Slams NYPD for stonewalling family of killed cyclist Mathieu Lefevre. The Lefevre family has experienced agonizing and unjustified delays by the NYPD.

It’s been almost a year since cyclist Mathieu Lefevre was killed by the driver of a flatbed truck one late night in a desolate section of Williamsburg. No charges were filed against the driver who left him to die (at least not yet—more on that below) and Lefevre’s family, who reside in his home country of Canada, have been consistently outraged by the NYPD’s handling of the investigation.

I think this is vindication for the Lefevre family,” their attorney, Steve Vaccaro, tells us. “They believed these delays were unjustified and the court so found. These were agonizing delays for a couple that lost their son, and the NYPD should produce these documents more expeditiously.” Vaccaro points out that “the Lefevre family only got the documents by litigating this case full measure. And the NYPD knew that if they held back, the court would have found in our favor. It’s some solace that the judge recognizes that.”

Of course, Vaccaro also finds it “unfortunate that Judge Moulton interpreted prevailing law in a manner that allows the NYPD to escape financial liability for its delays, simply by completing its production in the final stages of the lawsuit. We are hopeful that NYPD will take Judge Moulton’s criticism to heart and end its policy of needlessly stonewalling crash victims’ families who seek to learn the truth about the death of their loved one.”

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