Derailment victim Roger Samuel Rivera sues Metro-North, MTA

A Westchester man has sued Metro-North over the fatal derailment last year in the Bronx that left him paralyzed. Roger Samuel Rivera said he forgives

Roger Samuel Rivera is paralyzed and has no

Roger Samuel Rivera is paralyzed and has no use of his legs and very little use of his arms and hand.

NORWALK - A Westchester man has sued Metro-North over the fatal derailment last year in the Bronx that left him paralyzed.

Roger Samuel Rivera said he forgives train engineer William Rockefeller but is suing Metro-North and the MTA for $100 million because of his injuries.

Rivera's doctors say he is paralyzed and has no use of his legs and very little use of his arms and hand.

Rivera spoke at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in Westchester, where he has been for three months undergoing therapy.

He said he was on his way to Manhattan with his 14-year-old son in December and remembers very little from the crash. Investigators say the train hit a curve going 82 mph in a 30 mph section, crashing and killing four people and injuring 70.

The engineer told the National Transportation Safety Board he was dazed before the crash and that he suffers from a sleeping disorder.

The lawsuit alleges negligence by Metro-North and the MTA.

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