Kevin Tully, B.E.Mech.Eng. and Michael DiCicco, B.S.Mech.Eng. attended training on heavy truck air brakes and the latest technology in collision avoidance systems provided by Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC. The training provided a deep dive into the functionality of air brake systems which will allow SKE Forensic Consultants to identify deficiencies in a vehicle’s braking system, and more importantly understand how those deficiencies affect the braking performance of the vehicle. The latest technology in heavy trucks includes collision avoidance systems similar to those now included on passenger vehicles. These collision avoidance or collision alert systems store data in the event of a collision which is useful in reconstructing the accident.Read more
SKE Forensic Consultants has extended their coverage of Event Data Recorders (EDRs) for many high-end luxury vehicles. The addition of the CDR 500 Flex Ray adapter doubles our coverage of the latest model year high-end luxury vehicles like Audi, BMW and Bentley.Read more
SKE Forensic Consultants has extended their coverage of Event Data Recorders (EDRs) to Hyundai and KIA vehicles. While most vehicles and manufacturers are supported by the Bosch CDR system, Hyundai and KIA have each developed their own hardware and software solutions. We now have the ability to download 2010 and later Hyundai and KIA vehicles using the vehicle’s diagnostic port, or if necessary due to vehicle damage, we can download the EDR directly from the airbag control module. Our engineers have already developed special cables specific to the Hyundai and KIA vehicles allowing for enhanced access to the EDR even when the vehicle’s electrical system is compromised.Read more
John Scott and Kevin Tully attended the Crash Data Retrieval Analysis & Applications Update Course instructed by Crash Data Specialists and held by the New York Statewide Traffic Accident Reconstruction Society (NYSTARS). The course included a review of the latest equipment, least intrusive Event Data Recorder (EDR) download methods, latest case studies validating the accuracy of the data, data survivability (burned vehicles crushed control modules, etc.), and the laws and regulations governing the data contained within EDR’s.
SKE congratulates associate Mike DiCicco for becoming a board certified traffic crash reconstructionist by successfully passing a comprehensive exam offered by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR).Read more
Partner John Karpovich successfully completed a training course on vehicle event data recorders (EDRs) and how they can be implemented in traffic crash reconstruction. The Institute for Police Technology and Management (IPTM), hosted by the West Palm Beach, Florida Police Department, educated course participants on important information regarding methods used to analyze and interpret reports from numerous vehicle manufacturers.Read more
by Christine Sirgant in News
SKE Forensic Consultants is proud to announce that Michael A. DiCicco, B.S.M.E., has joined our firm as a Senior Associate.
Mr. DiCicco’s background in the automotive industry and airbag expertise complements the SKE team. Mr. DiCicco formerly held the position as Crash Reconstruction Expert for eight years at Robson Forensic. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, and later obtained training in the field of Traffic Crash Reconstruction through Northwestern University.
Mr. DiCicco has over ten years design experience in the automotive industry including safety restraint systems (airbags, inflators, steering wheels, and seatbelts). Mr. DiCicco has held engineering positions with the Ford Motor Company and Tier 1 automotive safety suppliers: Autoliv and Takata Corporation. With his background and experience, Mr. DiCicco has developed a specialty in the area of restraint systems and crashworthiness issues.
Mr. DiCicco is qualified as a Traffic Crash Reconstruction Expert in Superior Court. He offers a unique perspective by relating his engineering experience to the field of crash reconstruction. Mr. DiCicco is actively involved in local and national organizations such as Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), New Jersey Association of Accident Reconstructionists (NJAAR), and National Association of Traffic Accident Reconstruction (NATARI).
Michael DiCicco is an avid gearhead and motorcycle/ATV rider. He is married with two daughters and resides in Mine Hill, New Jersey. Mr. DiCicco can be reached at 201-644-0700, by cell at 973-452-3100, or email DiCicco@skefc.com. For more information on Mr. DiCicco, please click on his curriculum vitae.
Please join us in welcoming Michael DiCicco as Senior Associate of SKE Forensic Consultants.
Partner John Karpovich recently obtained his remote pilot license from the FAA which allows SKE the legal use of drones as one of the latest tools and technology utilized by SKE Forensic Consultants with their continued commitment to client services.Read more
Senior Associate Kevin Tully, B.E. Mech. Eng., Provides Expert Testimony for Rockland County Supreme Court Criminal Case
by Christine Sirgant in News
Senior Associate Kevin Tully, B.E.Mech.Eng. provided expert testimony for a criminal case in Rockland County Supreme Court which resulted in a charge of criminally negligent homicide. Mr. Tully was contacted by the First Assistant District Attorney at the Office of the Rockland County District Attorney to assist the New York State Police in the reconstruction of a complex multi-vehicle collision. His expert testimony guided the judge through each phase of the collision sequence utilizing the evidence gathered by the New York State Police Investigators. Additionally, he provided a detailed explanation of the energy dissipated by the vehicles during the collision sequence to establish the speeds of each of the involved vehicles. One vehicle was found to be traveling well in excess of the speed limit. That vehicle ultimately impacted a tree which resulted in the vehicle being torn in two, fatally injuring its passenger.
John Scott and Kevin Tully attended the most recent training on Heavy Vehicle Event Data Recorders (HVEDR) from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). This week-long course, offered in Charlotte, North Carolina, included in-class instruction as well as hands-on training and testing of several truck tractors. Topics included proper handling of vehicles following a collision to prevent spoliation of data, proper data extraction techniques, and inspection procedures; all of which are focused on validating that the HVEDR data obtained from the vehicle applies to the subject incident. SKE Forensic Consultants is focused on staying current with the latest training and technology to provide the highest level of service to our clients.Read more