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Watertown Car Accident Lawyer Files New York Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Anthony S. Bottar, Esq., of Bottar Law, PLLC, a team of Syracuse personal injury lawyers handling complex New York car accident lawsuits throughout Upstate, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Tammy and Zackary Burkard, and the Estate of Robert Burkard, deceased.

The lawsuit against Leo R. Coleman, 29, arises out of a collision that occurred in June of 2009 at the intersection of County Route 54 and Morris Tract Road, in the Town of Clayton. A pickup truck being driven by Coleman broadsided the Burkard’s Jeep. Robert Burkard was killed in the collision. Tammy Burkard and her son suffered serious injuries. According to the Watertown Daily Times, Coleman was charged with first degree vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, cocaine. According to WWNY, Coleman told the Court “I operated my car and was intoxicated and drove at a high rate of speed and the way I drove caused the death of Mr. Burkard and injured Mrs. Burkard.” Coleman is presently incarcerated at Wyoming Correctional Facility.

The Coleman family owns a number of north country restaurants, including the Fairground Inn, Barracks Inn, Sboro’s, Cavallario’s Cucina, Shorty’s, Art’s Jug and Atilio’s in Watertown, Foxy’s Restaurant in Fisher’s Landing, The Stone Jug in Sackett’s Harbor, and Cavallario’s Bayside Pizza and Steak and Seafood House in Alexandria Bay.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, and you want to speak with an experienced Syracuse personal injury attorney about your rights, contact Bottar Law, PLLC at (315) 422-3466, (833) 268-8277, or by e-mail at

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