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SKETCHES OF COURT: Jury finds no fault for defendant in car accident trial

May 5, 2016 By Alba Acevedo Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Court sketch by Alba Acevedo
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In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Lara Genovesi listens as defendant’s attorney Aaron O’Brien (standing), of the law firm James G. Bilello & Assocs., addresses the jury during his opening remarks in the motor vehicle accident trial Dorgelan v. McKenzie. Plaintiff’s attorney Eric Fields, trial counsel for Boyko & Assocs., is seated at right. Court Clerk Rita James sits at far right (background). 

The parties differed in their accounts of the June 2009 collision on Paerdegat Avenue. Alexandre Dorgelan testified that he had seen the defendant’s car behind him. After he initiated a left turn onto Paerdegat 2nd Street, he felt a heavy impact on the driver’s side of his car. Fields attempted to enter photographs of the impact damage location into evidence, but they were not exchanged in advance of the summary jury trial and thus were excluded. 

Cheryl McKenzie testified that it was Dorgelan’s car that hit hers, and alleged to have been driving to his left and not behind him. She had not seen his car before the accident. Her vehicle subsequently careened into a tree “and was totaled,” but she did not recall if there was any damage to her passenger side rear door. 

The jury deliberated three hours before finding no fault on the part of the defendant in the trial that took place this week in Kings County Civil Term.

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