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‘This Is Not Justice’: Japanese Family Settles With NYC But Condemns Handling Of NYPD Crash That Killed Student

The family of Ryo Oyamada announced “with heavy hearts” a settlement with the NYPD.  A police officer struck and killed Ryo while driving more than twice the speed limit at night against the flow of traffic and without using lights or sirens. Vaccaro told Gothamist that the Oyamadas had hoped an investigation into Ryo’s death […]


Driver Who “Wanted To Kill” Times Square Pedestrians Charged With Murder

Amidst outcry over driver Richard Rojas, who injured dozens of pedestrians in Times Square rampage, advocates call for a more comprehensive approach to traffic violence. The [Rojas] crash video is “the most shocking” I’ve ever seen, said Steve Vaccaro, a leading lawyer and advocate of cyclists and pedestrians. The severe charges facing Rojas were appropriate, he added, but not […]


Two NYC Cyclists Wage Long, Losing Fight Against $4,600 In Red Light Tickets

A Bedford-Stuyvesant couple is left with few options after police followed them as they rode through a series of red lights and were fined over $4,600. Vaccaro has heard a lot of cyclist yarns, and he says this tops all the bundled bike ticket cases he’s encountered. “It’s the worst I’ve ever seen,” he said. “To […]


New York Post: Court Ruling Puts City on the Hook in Dangerous-Streets Suit

The city must do a better job fixing dangerous streets or face a slew of big lawsuits, thanks to a ruling by the state’s highest court in the case of a young boy injured in a 2004 crash. “Concerns about traffic and parking have played too great a role in leaving areas without the necessary […]


Bike Attorney Likes How the Wheels Are Turning

The Villager interviewed Vaccaro & White’s Steve Vaccaro about the latest developments in bicycling and the law.  Here’s an excerpt from the freewheeling interview: VIL: Apparently, Upper East Siders — including, notably, Woody Allen — really hate bike lanes. What exactly is their beef with bicycles? S.V.: Yeah, and I’ve been to some of those […]