SKETCHES OF COURT: Jury finds plaintiff fully responsible in car accident trial
In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Mark Partnow listens as attorney David E. Thomas (standing), of counsel to the law firm Harmon, Linder & Rogowsky, conducts a direct examination of the plaintiff in the summary jury trial Jean Lucien v. A.K.M. Quyyym. Lucien is on the stand, accompanied by Haitian Creole language interpreter Carnot Remy (at left).
Lucien claimed that he was driving his black sports car on Broadway at about 10 p.m. one evening in April 2013, and as he approached Willoughby Avenue, his car was impacted by a red Mercedes making a left turn from the oncoming lane of traffic. His front bumper was struck, his left headlight broke and the airbag deployed. Police were summoned to the scene.
Quyyym, represented by David Chustek (at right) of the law offices of James G. Bilello & Associates, alleged that he waited for traffic to clear before initiating the turn. An eyewitness who was driving behind the defendant testified that he related to responding police that he observed the plaintiff’s car pull out of a parking spot at the corner without engaging its headlights. Thomas challenged the testimony, citing no reference to unengaged headlights in the police accident report.
Lucien claims he sustained significant injuries in the accident. Chustek sought to impugn Lucien’s claims by citing an earlier accident, with similar injury sites.
The jury returned a verdict for the defendant. They found the plaintiff to be 100 percent responsible for the accident, in the trial that concluded last week in Kings Count Civil Term.
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