A man in New York City who was hit by a New York Police Department cruiser and injured received a letter from the department requesting $1,000 for damage to the vehicle.
Jesse Zorski, 25, was hospitalized at New York Downtown Hospital after the patrol car struck his left leg, causing him to fall into the side-view mirror and hit the ground. The uninsured man incurred $1,200 in medical costs due to the accident, according to the New York Daily News.
Zorski’s family sued the NYPD to cover the cost of the medical expenses, but received a bill in the mail rather than help covering the medical costs. A letter accompanying the bill demanded he pay for $1,028.08 in damage done to the patrol car. The department threatened to file a lawsuit against the victim if he did not address the fine quickly enough.
The NYPD defended its actions, claiming the officer who struck Zorski at a crosswalk in the city had the right of way, and claimed that pedestrian had been drinking.
The two beers he had drunk and the hearing aid he wears did not affect his walking, Zorski claims.
“I was perfectly coherent,” Zorski said. “I was shocked, certainly, but not inebriated.”
The man said he believes the department was trying to punish him for filing suit over his medical costs.
The department has since withdrawn the case against Zoriski.