Note that even one day after the accident, girl's attorney and family can't even issue a brief, coherent statement showing empathy for the victim's family and hoping for his recovery:
Kin of deliveryman left brain-dead by texting driver won't pull plug, vows suit
BY Edgar Sandoval and John Lauinger • NY DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Clinging to hope, the family of a Brooklyn deliveryman run over by a texting teen driver refused to remove him from life support Tuesday as it vowed to sue.
"I want justice for my husband," the wife of Tian Sheng Lin, 53, said at Kings County Hospital after a sleepless night at his bedside.
The father of three was making a delivery late Sunday for his Chinese restaurant in Midwood when Nechama Rothberger, 19, plowed a Toyota Camry into his scooter.
Cops found Rothberger inside the smashed-up Toyota, typing a text on her phone, according to court papers. Investigators also found evidence she was texting at the time of the 11:15 p.m. crash.
Lin, who brought his family to America from China's Fujian Province in 1992, was left brain-dead. He also suffered organ damage and shoulder injuries.
"He has such massive injuries," his wife, Xiu Ying Zhang, 52, said through an interpreter. She said she was "upset" Rothberger was allegedly too busy texting to pay attention to the road.
The family's lawyer, David Sobiloff - hired to sue Rothberger - said doctors are still performing tests on Lin.
"It would take a miracle, but the family is still hoping for recovery," he said.
Rothberger, the daughter of a Midwood doctor, was charged with driving while using a cell phone and reckless driving and was released on $5,000 bail.
Her lawyer did not return a call yesterday, and a receptionist at her father's office said he would not comment.
Lin's family said all it can do is pray for him and work even harder to keep open the family restaurant.
"Emotionally, we're in turmoil," said his daughter Anna Lin, 29.
Another daughter, Meina Lin, 27, looked at photos yesterday that showed the family arriving in America and running the restaurant in its early years.
"He was young then," she said of her father, pointing at a picture. "We looked happy here."
With Daniel Beekman
[Hat Tip: Dr. Rofeh-Filosof.]