Just over a year ago, 3-year-old Allison Liao was killed by an SUV driverwhile crossing a street with her grandmother in Flushing, Queens. Liao was holding her grandmothers hand, the two were in the crosswalk and had the right of way. But that driver, Ahmad Abu-Zayedeha, was not criminally charged, merely issued summonses for failing to exercise due care and failing to yield to a pedestrian. And now the Department of Motor Vehicles has voided those traffic tickets.
Allison's devastated father, Hsi-Pei Liao, shared the news on his Facebook page and Twitter account yesterday, and his attorney, Steve Vaccaro, confirmed to us that the tickets have been dropped. "The family is very angry that this driver has the luxury of being able to look in the mirror and tell himself the false tabloid version of how this crash happened," Vaccaro said. "This is absolutely shocking."
Initial tabloid reports suggested that at around 5:30 p.m. on October 6th, 2013, Allison was crossing Main Street in Flushing with her grandmother when she broke free and ran unaccompanied into the path of Abu-Zayedeha's vehicle. But a graphic video obtained by the Liaos' attorney shows Allison and her grandmother crossing hand-in-hand with the light when Abu-Zayedeha makes a left-hand turn, first striking the grandmother before running over Allison's body with his front wheel, and head with his rear wheel. Allison died at New York Hospital Queens. You can see the collision in the embedded video below, starting at 1:55:
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