A Boston Police officer who says he suffered permanent injuries in a crash on Hyde Park Avenue at Ukraine Way and is no longer able to work is suing the drivers and companies he says were to blame.
According to his suit, filed in Suffolk Superior Court today, Ofr. Javier Velasquez was on a detail on May 6, 2019 helping to direct traffic around construction work at the AO Flats apartment complex when the driver of one contractor's Mack truck lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a van belonging to another contractor, sending that vehicle hurtling into Velasquez.
As a result, Velasquez's complaint states, he suffered "extensive and permanent injuries, was caused to suffer and continues to suffer great paint of his body, was caused disability, was caused to incur medical expenses, was caused to be unable to carry out his daily activities, all to his great damage." The injuries included a broken neck, a broken leg and ankle, shoulder injuries, a concussion and PTSD, the suit charges.
The suit names the drivers of the two vehicles, along with their employers, and the developers of the apartment building.
The suit says contractor LVMJ Corp., owner of the Mack truck, shares blame because it had a duty to hire people who know how to drive large trucks and that DJ Plumbing and Heating, owner of the van, shares blame because it shouldn't have parked its van where it did.
Bilt-Rite Construction, which hired the two contractors - and Velasquez for detail work - also shares blame because it should have taken more care to not hire contractors who might cause the kind of crash that permanently disabled Velasquez, the suit continues.
And ultimately, the suit alleges, developers Urbanica, Inc and the Community Builders and AO Flats are also partly to blame for hiring Bilt-Rite.
Velasquez, who became a patrolman in 2005, is seeking the $220,000 in medical bills he says he has had to pay, $420,000 in lost wages to date and $2.6 million in anticipated lost earnings, as well as any damages a jury might award.