Neil deGrasse Tyson, famed astrophysicist and host of FOX’s “Cosmos” television show, is facing a $5 million car accident lawsuit claiming his negligent driving caused an injury accident in New York City.
The lawsuit stems for an accident in April 2012 when Tyson hit two vehicles near John F. Kennedy International Airport in NYC. Tyson allegedly crashed his Audi into a Dodge vehicle driven by a woman from Connecticut, then hit another vehicle, a Mercedes.
Now, the driver of the Mercedes, Krzysztof Bugajski, is suing Tyson for $5 million in personal injury damages, claiming that Tyson’s negligence caused the accident and left Bugajski with shoulder injuries that required surgery.
The lawsuit also states that Tyson was driving at an “excessive, illegal and dangerous rate of speed.” Tyson estimates that he was driving only 5 to 10 miles per hour.
Tyson testified at a deposition that he “zoned” out just before the crash occurred, but denied claims he had fallen asleep or become distracted. Tyson said that the drone of the slow, stop and go traffic near the airport had caused him to lose focus.
It is not clear whether anyone in the Dodge was injured or whether any other lawsuits are being pursued with regard to the accident. The trial is scheduled to start this week in New York Supreme Court.
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