Ferrari Brakes Recall Cited in Deadly N.J. Accident

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The estate of a 92-year-old man killed in Bergen County two years ago has filed a lawsuit against the Ferrari automotive group. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, accuses a New York dealership of failing to repair a faulty braking system that was under recall.

Albert Van Schnellbacher, a retired teacher and great-grandfather from Bergenfield, died on June 25, 2022, after his SUV collided with a 2022 Ferrari Competizione. The accident occurred around 2 p.m. at the intersection of Windsor and Briarcliffe roads in Teaneck.

The driver of the Ferrari, Scott P. Lieberman, 63, of Franklin Lakes, had purchased the sports car just two months prior. According to the lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Bergen County, Lieberman was driving recklessly at the time of the crash.

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Investigators determined that Lieberman was speeding and crossed a double yellow line before colliding with Schnellbacher’s SUV. As a result, Lieberman was charged with second-degree reckless manslaughter.

The lawsuit highlights the failure of the Ferrari dealership to address the recalled braking system, which could have prevented the fatal crash. The Schnellbacher family seeks accountability and justice for the tragic loss of their loved one.

More information on this lawsuit can be found here.

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