Lander Steps Up Pressure on NYPD Probes of Traffic Deaths
By Zach Campbell
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
BROOKLYN — “No one should be forced to sue the NYPD to get timely, accurate information about the death of their loved one,” Erika Lefevre wrote, three months after her son Mathieu was struck and killed by a crane truck while cycling through Bushwick.
Critical of the investigation into the crash that killed their son, Erika and Alain Lefevre did file suit against the NYPD earlier this year under the state Freedom of Information law (FOIL), alleging that the department withheld and delayed the delivery of information from the investigation.
Local advocacy groups and elected officials are increasingly calling for more resources to be devoted to the investigation of the hundreds of traffic-related deaths in New York City each year, and are holding Mathieu Lefevre’s case as an example of what they call the NYPD’s lack of transparency and its unwillingness to share basic information with victims’ grieving families.