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SKETCHES OF COURT: Bicyclist’s injuries will not be compensated in car accident trial

October 5, 2018 By Alba Acevedo Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Wavny Toussaint listens as plaintiff’s attorney Lloyd Katz (standing), trial counsel to the Yankowitz Law Firm, explains to the jury what he believes the evidence will prove in the motor vehicle accident trial Williams vs Attiyeh. At issue was the determination of liability. 

Bicyclist Williams and minivan driver Attiyeh collided at the intersection of one-way streets in April 2013. The attorneys stipulated before trial that Williams’ injuries were valued at $200,000. Attiyeh was represented by James Lofrese (foreground, right), of the law offices of Black Marjieh & Sanford.

Both parties claimed that the other ran the light. Both parties maintained that the other sped past stopped vehicles. Attiyeh maintained that she entered the intersection from Lafayette Avenue along with other cars. Lofrese colorfully referred to the accident as “a game of Frogger gone wrong,” placing the blame on Williams. Williams entered the intersection from Lewis Avenue, and testified to traveling at about 30 mph. 

Katz alleged that Attiyeh had the opportunity to stop, but that she struck Williams with such force that her car came to a halt on the far side of the intersection. Attiyeh testified that she saw Williams a second before the impact and slowed down, but could not avoid the accident.

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Attiyeh testified to proceeding to move her car out of the way before getting out to assist Williams, thankful that there was a fire hydrant to where she could maneuver her car. 

The jury returned a verdict finding no fault with Attiyeh, in the trial that resolved at Kings County Civil Term. 

Law clerk Raymi Ramseur (background, right) provides guidance to assistant law clerk Natasha Delille.


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