After reading in Gothamist about Emilie Goisseaux, the Cooper Union art student who has been blind since being hit by a tractor-traile while riding her bike in Bushwick, I contacted both District Attorney Charles Hynes’s office as well as the office of Borough President, Marty Markowitz.
I wanted to understand why no charges apart from moving violations were given to the truck-driver, and hoped that from the Borough President’s office, perhaps something could be done to help defray the medical expenses incurred since Goisseaux was injured.
Responding to my inquiries at the DA’s office, Jerry Schmetterer, Director of Public Information, said the case was looked at by the “Early Case Assessment Unit” and though the driver Elio Morales, was cited for making an unsafe turn and his North Carolina driver’s license was suspended (thus having no valid New York State license), he did know how to drive a truck, so the case did not rise to the level of “wreckless endangerment”.
In response to my e-mail to the Borough President, I had this exchange with his press secretary, Mark Zustovich.
Dear Borough President Markowitz,
Today I read in Gothamist about Brooklyn resident Emilie Goisseaux, a 21 year-old Cooper Union art student who was on her bike in Bushwick when struck by an 18-wheeler last October.
While the driver was cited for making an illegal turn and driving without a proper license, Ms. Goisseaux suffered serious injuries and after awakening from a coma, she is now blind.
Rather than singing a song or sending a holiday card, I respectfully that that the Borough President's office make a contribution to the fund set up to help pay her medical bills.
The courtesy of a reply is requested.
Dear Mr. Kaufman: In response to your email below, Borough President Markowitz would like to thank you for your concern for Ms. Goisseaux, and his thoughts and prayers are with her. Thank you very much for contacting our office. Mark
Is that all you've got? Really?