Had sued for $10 million in fatal crash
William Rockefeller, who was driving the train that derailed in the Bronx in December 2013, killing James Lovell of Philipstown and three other passengers, has dropped a $10 million lawsuit he filed against Metro-North.
Rockefeller, who was injured in the Hudson Line crash, said the rail service was to blame for not installing an automatic braking safety system that would have slowed the train when he went around a curve at 82 mph, or about 50 mph over the limit. Investigators concluded Rockefeller had fallen asleep.
The engineer’s lawyer, Ira Mauer, told The Journal News that Rockefeller was concerned he could lose a countersuit by Metro-North to recover the cost of its wrecked train. Rockefeller was not charged in the crash. His attorney called him a “scapegoat” for the railroad’s safety shortcomings.