A Chicago police officer has been accused of staging an accident between two cars in return for $2,000 from a tow truck driver who hauled away the wrecked vehicles and billed an insurance company.
Gregory Garibay, the officer in question, is also being charged with falsifying a police report and wrongly listing the driver with the best insurance coverage as at fault so the tow truck driver would have a larger compensation.
The incidents stem back to 2007, when Garibay was assigned to the South Chicago District. After authorities uncovered his crimes, Garibay was relieved of his position after 18 years with the department.
According to an indictment against Garibay, he filed a police report stating that the driver of Toyota Avalon, who had full insurance coverage, was at fault in a traffic accident with the driver of a Toyota Camry, who had only liability insurance coverage. This would ensure that the full insurance coverage would cover part – if not all – of the damage caused by the accident, including the towing fees. The tow truck driver later paid Garibay.
In another instance, Garibay was involved in a staged accident so another insurance company would pay for damages, including the towing fees.
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BP Pleads Guilty to Oil Spill Accident and Settles Personal Injury Claims, but are the Legal Battles Really Over?November 15th, 2012 Posted in Accident News
Oil tycoon BP has pleaded guilty and settled claims with the Department of Justice and the Securities for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill accident that claimed the lives of 11 workers.
The accident took place over two years ago, and after fighting tooth and nail in court, BP has settled with the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission for $4.5 billion. BP pleaded guilty on 11 felony counts relating to the workers’ deaths, two misdemeanors, and a separate felony count of obstruction. The latest settlement will take the existing charges filed against BP up to nearly $42 billion.
Now that the federal criminal charges are settled – more or less – BP now has to focus on civil penalties for damages at the federal and local levels. According to a company spokesperson who spoke with Forbes, BP is “ready to settle on fair and reasonable terms,” but the company is still preparing for trail, which is scheduled to begin February 25 in New Orleans.
Today’s settlement is the largest ever recorded between a private company and the Department of Justice involving criminal charges. But what will become of two other companies connected in the oil spill tragedy, Transocean and Halliburton? Transocean, which owned and operated the Deepwater Horizon rig, said it’s in the process of negotiating a $1.5 billion settlement, while Halliburton, which helped with the cementing, has claimed no responsibility for the incident.
The settlement gives hope to the victims’ families that justice can prevail. If you or someone you love has been involved in a workplace accident, seek help with an attorney to protect your rights.
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Officials in Somerville are considering improving the safety in an area where a pedestrian accident took place. The incident that has sparked the concerns occurred at the intersection of Packard Avenue at Powderhouse Boulevard at around 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8. A 21-year-old Tufts University student was critically injured after being struck by an SUV while crossing the street. The victim remained in critical condition at Massachusetts General Hospital Wednesday.
At a meeting between Somerville Police and Tufts officials in Feb. 2012, the intersection’s safety was discussed and improvements were made in the spring and summer in hopes of decreasing the number of accidents in the area, including adding new stop signs and repainting the crosswalk. However, in light of the recent accident, officials will be meeting again to discuss pedestrian safety around the outskirts of the campus.
Although there have been several pedestrian accidents at the intersection, according to officials, there hasn’t been a fatal accident at the intersection since 2000.
Tufts spokesperson Kim Thurler said the university has been in contact with the victim’s family and planned to work with Somerville officials moving forward.
“Tufts has reached out to City of Somerville officials to review the circumstances of this accident and ensure that we continue to work together to make the improvements needed to make this particular intersection, and the perimeter of campus generally, safer for pedestrians,” said Thurler in a statement.
The accident is still under investigation and authorities have yet to determine whether charges will be pressed against the driver of the SUV.
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WASHINGTON STATE – A good Samaritan who stopped to offer aid after witnessing a car accident on Saturday was robbed.
Peggy Ray witnessed a car fly through the air and crash into a drainage ditch and ran to offer help to the victims. When she returned to her car, someone had stolen $900 from her purse.
“I don’t normally have that much cash, but I was going to pay the rent,” Ray told ABCnews.com.
However, the money was the last thing Ray had been thinking about. Her reaction was only to help get the driver and passenger out of the vehicle before the car caught fire. When emergency personnel arrived at the scene, Ray gave a statement to police and walked back to her car.
“I had left my doors completely open,” explained Ray. “I saw my purse in there and the envelope was out of it and laying on its side. I thought there was no way that envelope was empty.”
Ray ran back to the police to report the crime but there were several people at the scene. Later, a bystander who had witnessed the car crash called into a local paper and gave a description of a man he saw enter Ray’s car, as well as the man’s vehicle.
While the money has yet to be recovered, fighter fighters at the scene of the accident donated $750 to Ray and her family. Ray also received money from a radio station and from customers who frequent the Starbuck’s she manages.
Any money raised above the $900, Ray and her husband plan to give to charity.
“The question I keep getting is, would I do it again? Absolutely,” she said. “Only, I would lock my doors first.”
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