Kings County, NY (PRWEB) June 30, 2016
According to court documents, the wrongful death case was tried by attorney Sal A. Spano in Kings County, Civil Court in New York.
Court documents offered a breakdown of the verdict in the following amounts:
- $1,700,000 for future pecuniary loss in wrongful death
- $200,000 for past pecuniary loss in wrongful death
- $200,000 for pain and suffering
- $400,000 for pre-impact terror suffered by the decedent, a college student who was riding passenger at the time of the DUI crash
Court documents state that Judge Harriet Thompson presided over the six-day trial which claimed that the defendant, who was driving the decedent and another college student, had been impaired by drugs and alcohol at the time of the fatal car accident.
Legal records show the defense allegation that it was the decedent was driving at the time of the crash. Expert witnesses, also preserved on the record, were called by attorney Spano to dispute such claims. Other experts listed in the trial records included an accident reconstructionist and bio-medical engineer who both testified before the panel, giving their expert opinion on crash dynamics and resulting injuries that indicated the victim had been in the passenger seat. A Transit Authority Supervisor who had witnessed the accident and testified that she saw the defendant exit the driver’s side window just seconds after the crash.
The jury based its decision and subsequent award upon their belief that the defendant was driving the vehicle and was negligent for running a stop light and driving while intoxicated.
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Case no: 3000094-KTS-2014
Civil Court, Kings County