08-30-2003, 06:35 PM
"The family of teenager Amy Woods, who was left brain-damaged when hit by a car seven years ago in Springfield, Mass., will finally get to trial in their lawsuit, which names not only the driver who hit her but also a driver who didn't. Roger O'Neil, a repairman for the NYNEX telephone company, had just stopped on a residential street and courteously motioned Woods and a friend to cross in front of him, but as soon as Woods cleared O'Neil's van, a less courteous driver smashed into her. Woods' family said that if a driver wants to be courteous, he must be responsible for knowing that crossing the street would be safe.
[Boston Globe, 6-22-03]
Let me get this straight. If you stop for a someone crossing the street, you are then responsible for other drivers if they don't stop. Is that what you're telling me? Or is it because he was driving a NYNEX ($$$$$) truck he's responsible?
08-31-2003, 01:47 PM
yes to all the above. Also suspect the suit deals with "deep pockets." If this had happened in California, the result of the suit would be a foregone conclusion.
08-31-2003, 02:35 PM
suspect the key to this will be the fact that driver of phone company van motioned Woods and a friend to cross in front of him. This coupled with the fact that they were unable to see around his vehicle... well you get the idea. Hope the poor guy doesn't lose his job over this.
08-31-2003, 05:15 PM
Living in Massachussetts its amazing that a detailed police officer wasn't there directing the traffic . It seems like they are wedded to utility company vehicles.
09-08-2003, 12:29 PM
That's sad, I feel for the girl and the family, but you can get nailed in court for anything theese days...