In a heartbreaking case which has recently come to a close, the New York
Superior Court has determined that the City of White Plains is liable
for the death of Concetta Russo Carriero, a woman who was abducted and
murdered in a Westchester County parking garage. While the case is tragic,
our firm is proud to have been able to hold the City responsible for their
negligence and recover damages on behalf of Mrs. Carriero’s estate.
A Tragic Case
The plaintiffs in this case, our clients, were the executor of Mrs. Carriero’s
estate, as well as her family members. She was killed in the Lexington/Grove
Garage East, a parking garage which was owned and operated by the City
of White Plains. A homeless man living at the Westchester County Airport
Homeless Shelter confessed to the crime, was convicted, and is currently
serving twenty-five years to life in prison.
Our firm was able to successfully argue that the City failed to make the
garage reasonably safe, and failed to take reasonable precautionary measures
to provide adequate security. The City fought back, essentially claiming
that they did not assume any duty to make the garage reasonably safe.
However, the Court ultimately found that the City was acting in a proprietary
or ownership capacity, rather than a governmental capacity. Therefore,
they would be subject to the same requirements any other landlord would have.
Once the Court established that the City had the same obligations as a
private landlord, it became abundantly clear that their negligent approach
to security was a “substantial factor in causing the death of Mrs.
Call Our Firm to Seek Justice
By successfully holding the City accountable for their negligence, our
firm hopes to prevent future tragedies such as this one. If you or someone
you love has been injured or killed due to someone else’s negligence,
contact our New York personal injury attorneys today to pursue justice.
We proudly stand for the rights of injury and wrongful death victims and
their families, and will work tirelessly on your behalf when you retain our firm.
Our firm is proud to stand for justice. Contact us at (203) 718-4002 for your