Postal Service Pays $4.9 Million to Settle Case Over Child Killed by Truck

A suit in U.S. District Court over an accident in which a U.S. Postal Service vehicle killed a two-year-old, Chacon v. U.S. Postal Service, ended in a settlement for $4.9 million that was paid on Jan. 15.

Ana Chacon crossed Rahway Avenue in Elizabeth in a crosswalk on July 20, 2015, when she was struck by a Postal Service vehicle driven by Joseph Collins. Collins was turning right onto Rahway Avenue from Chilton Street when he struck Chacon and her grandchildren. He apparently did not look to the right before making the turn, said Eric Kahn of Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins in Springfield, who represented the plaintiffs.

In addition, there was evidence that Collins was using a mobile phone just before the crash, Kahn said.

At the time of the crash, Chacon was carrying her 2-year-old granddaughter, Sofia Flores, in her left arm, and using her right hand to hold the hand of her four-year-old grandson, Jacob Flores.

Chacon was severely injured as a result of being struck. She managed to push Jacob out of the way, but Sofia was thrown to the pavement and killed.

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