11 Year Old Accident Victim Turns to Life of Crime

A State Supreme Court jury accepted the contention that injuries suffered in a roadway accident led an 11-year-old Bronx boy into a life of crime and yesterday awarded him $950,000 in an injury suit.

"Perhaps this kid would never have gone bad," said attorney Richard Gurfein.

In the 10 years since the 1973 accident, Kevin Alleyne, now 21, amassed a record of seven convictions including armed robbery. In fact, he is currently being held on Rikers Island on another armed robbery charge. Alleyne was allowed to go to court yesterday, accompanied by two armed guards, to hear the jury announce the huge award against Con Ed and two contractors, Interboro Surface Co. And Abbott Breaking Corp.

Elated, he turned to his lawyer and said, "Now at least, I can get the therapy they've been saying I need." According to his lawyers, the physical injuries and scar Alleyne suffered as a child were only part of the damage. He was also scarred psychologically, they said.

"Perhaps this kid would never have gone bad," said attorney Richard Gurfein.

-David Seifman - NEW YORK POST