The de Kroon’s crash-related claims are the first that include assertions that NJT should also be held responsible for:
- Requiring only one crew member, the Engineer, in a driving cab or locomotive during a train’s entry into the Hoboken Terminal. The two-crew member requirement has since been implemented by the agency.
- Failing to properly and adequately screen for, monitor and treat medical issues. NJT since the crash has said it is enforcing long-standing regulations to prevent fatigued personnel from operating equipment.
Trial attorney Tom Kline, of Kline & Specter, said, “This is the first step on the road to achieving just compensation for the family of Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, a loving young mother and talented lawyer who tragically and unnecessarily died in the horrific Hoboken crash.”
Andrew R. Duffy, of Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, added, “Our clients demand justice in the name of Fabiola de Kroon and her family, as well as every rider of NJT who deserves to feel safe and secure whenever they board a train. It should never have taken this tragedy, and political scrutiny, to compel NJT to implement common sense, proven safety measures that were for too long derailed through neglect.”
His colleague, Robert J. Mongeluzzi, stated, “We look forward to hearing from the train’s engineer under oath, and to also having him independently examined by our medical experts as part of the fact finding in the quest for answers. Every victim and their loved ones deserve to know the whole truth about what happened and why, so it can’t happen again.”
Anthony J. Sylvester, of Sherman Wells, said of the Fabiola de Kroon claims, “The impact of this tragedy on the de Kroon family is extraordinary. We have witnessed the suffering of Fabiola’s husband who is raising their beautiful two-year-old daughter as a single parent, and now fights for justice for them.”