New York Settles Crash Suit

New York Settles Crash Suit

A Bronx salesman, Edward Goodman, convicted five years ago of failure to give the right-of-way to fire apparatus, instituted a suit for $100,000 damages against the City of New York. Rather than allow the case to be tried during the April 1957 term in Bronx Supreme Court, the City settled the suit out of court for $59,000. The settlement covers injuries received by the salesman, his wife and son.

At the original trial in 1952 the City contended that the salesman should have stopped when he heard the signals of the apparatus. Mr. Goodman countered that the truck was traveling at an excessive rate of speed inasmuch as it was not going to a fire but was returning to its station. He was found guilty and given a suspended sentence. The damage suit was then filed by Mr. Goodman.

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