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SKETCHES OF COURT: Jury disagrees with plaintiff in Gowanus Expressway battle of wills

April 18, 2018 By Alba Acevedo Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Court sketch by Alba Acevedo
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In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Wavny Toussaint listens as plaintiff’s attorney Glenn Dolan (standing), of the law offices of Morgan Levine Dolan, conducts a direct examination of his client in the motor vehicle accident trial Monaco vs. NYC Transit Authority. At issue was the determination of liability.

Monica Adriana boarded a southbound express bus to Staten Island in June 2011. Adriana sat in the front passenger seat as the bus traveled along the Gowanus Expressway when, she claims, the bus was involved in an accident that caused her serious injury.

Adriana faulted the bus driver, alleging that he reacted inappropriately to a car that tried twice to merge in front of the bus from the left lane. Dolan characterized the maneuvers on the part of both drivers as “a battle of wills.” The car driver left the scene of the accident without being identified.

Attorney Adam Greenstein (at right), of the NYCTA law department, disputed Adriana’s claim that there had been more than one impact, and portrayed the incident as an emergency braking situation to which the bus driver reacted appropriately.

Greenstein further challenged Adriana’s testimony as to what she maintained she had been able to witness in the lane to the left of the bus, making note of her vantage point from a seat on the far right.

Adriana indicated that she had taken and deleted a cellphone picture of the bus driver at the time of the accident. The jurors were given a missing documents charge after she failed to produce the image.

The jury determined that there was no liability on the part of the defendant, in the trial that concluded last week in Kings County Civil Term. Court reporter Donna Manning recorded the proceedings.


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