“Today, it was justice that was derailed.”
Statement of Robert J. Mongeluzzi On No Charges Against Engineer
In May 12, 2015 Fatal Amtrak Train 188 Philadelphia Derailment
Philadelphia PA (May 9, 2017) – Trial attorney Robert J. Mongeluzzi disagrees with the just announced decision of prosecutors not to criminally charge the engineer at the controls of Amtrak Train No. 188 when it entered a sharp curve at 106 mph – more than twice the speed limit – and violently derailed, killing eight passengers and injuring hundreds in Philadelphia on May 12, 2015.
“While I have great respect for the DA’s office, I disagree with their decision not to charge Engineer Brandon Bostian for his role in this catastrophe,” said Mr. Mongeluzzi. “Today, it was justice that was derailed.”
“How can the engineer of that speeding passenger train kill eight people, injure 220, and walk away without even getting a speeding ticket?” asked Mr. Mongeluzzi, of Saltz, Mongeluzzi & Bendesky, P.C. “As counsel for many of those victims, we strongly believe that the ultimate question whether Engineer Bostian committed a crime – at minimum, recklessly endangering the lives of those aboard his train – should be answered by a jury of his peers in a Philadelphia courtroom.”
“This is a sad day for railroad safety in America and for the justice system when Engineer Bostian is allowed to resume his life without so much as a speeding ticket while others mourn the loss of loved ones and so many seriously injured survivors struggle in their daily lives,” he added.
Mr. Mongeluzzi and his SMB team, including Jeffrey P. Goodman, played a pivotal role in the civil litigation that followed the derailment. It resulted in a record $265 million settlement on behalf of all the plaintiffs.