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EDWARD CHRISTENSON v. CITY NEW YORK (03/03/69)

SUPREME COURT OF NEW YORK, APPELLATE DIVISION, SECOND DEPARTMENT


March 3, 1969

EDWARD CHRISTENSON, RESPONDENT,
v.
CITY OF NEW YORK, APPELLANT

Judgment of the Supreme Court, Kings County, entered January 31, 1968, reversed, on the law, and new trial granted, with costs to abide the event.

Christ, Acting P. J., Brennan, Rabin, Munder and Martuscello, JJ., concur.

In our opinion, evidence that plaintiff slipped on a general condition of ice in a crosswalk about 68 hours after the second largest recorded snowfall in the history of the City of New York was insufficient to present a jury question as to whether defendant was negligent in failing to remove the accumulated ice (Staub v. City of New York, 295 N. Y. 612; Kirsch v. City of New York, 289 N. Y. 684; Reutlinger v. City of New York, 281 N. Y. 592; Seltzer v. City of New York, 266 App. Div. 880, affd. 292 N. Y. 560; Schwabl v. St. Augustine's Church, 288 N. Y. 554; Williams v. City of New York, 214 N. Y. 259; Dupont v. Village of Port Chester, 204 N. Y. 351; Taylor v. City of Yonkers, 105 N. Y. 202, 206; Sisson v. City of New York, 20 A.D.2d 695; Yonki v. City of New York, 276 App. Div. 407, app. dsmd. 303 N. Y. 852; Rapoport v. City of New York, 281 App. Div. 33; Fischetti v. City of New York, 269 App. Div. 948). It was error, however, to take from the jury the question as to whether the existence of a large hole in the crosswalk might have been a concurrent proximate cause of the accident (Foley v. State of New York, 294 N. Y. 275, 280; Ring v. City of Cohoes, 77 N. Y. 83, 88; Smith v. City of New York, 282 App. Div. 495, 497; affd. 307 N. Y. 843; Hall v. State of New York, 28 A.D.2d 1203; Pfeffer v. City of New York, 25 A.D.2d 889; see 5 Warren's N. Y. Negligence, pp. 622-623). Accordingly, a new trial is required.

Disposition

The findings of fact below are not affirmed.

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