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May 22, 2019 • Posted By Joseph French • Trial Practice

On May 15, 2019, Joe French obtained a defense verdict from a Bronx Civil Court jury.  (When plaintiff was unavailable for trial in Bronx Supreme in December 2018, the presiding Judge transferred the case pursuant to CPLR §325(d)).  Plaintiff alleged that our client, the driver of a Salvation Army owned car and himself a Salvation Army employee, struck her while she was in a crosswalk and caused her to fall to the road.  She alleged numerous injuries, primarily to her left shoulder and lumbar spine.  She had not returned to work since her May 2014 accident.  She had several surgical procedures.

Our client, Roosevelt Lewis, claimed he was on a bank run and had just turned on to Fordham Road from Jerome Avenue.  Lewis maintained that he was on the far left lane of this three lane road when plaintiff walked into the passenger side of his car.  A Salvation Army employee who was a passenger in the back seat corroborated the testimony of Mr. Lewis.  Evidence was adduced demonstrating that plaintiff’s version was unreliable and highly suspect.

The jury deliberated for approximately one hour before returning a verdict for defendants Lewis and the Salvation Army, which was represented by their attorney, Al Lucia.

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 Joseph A. French