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Juan A. Rosario v. William Vasquez

New York Supreme and/or Appellate Courts Appellate Division, First Department


March 15, 2012

JUAN A. ROSARIO,
PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT,
v.
WILLIAM VASQUEZ, ET AL.,
DEFENDANTS-RESPONDENTS.

Rosario v Vasquez

Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

Decided on March 15, 2012

Mazzarelli, J.P., Friedman, Richter, Abdus-Salaam, JJ.

Order, Supreme Court, Bronx County (John A. Barone, J.), entered September 19, 2011, which denied plaintiff's motion for partial summary judgment on the issue of liability, unanimously reversed, on the law, without costs, the motion granted, and the matter remanded for further proceedings.

Plaintiff made a prima facie showing of entitlement to judgment as a matter of law as to liability by submitting his affidavit stating that, while his vehicle was stopped at a red light, it was struck in the rear by a vehicle operated by defendant Guzman-Sosa and owned by defendant Vasquez (Avant v Cepin Livery Corp., 74 AD3d 533, 534 [2010]).

In opposition, defendants failed to provide a nonnegligent explanation for the collision (Avant, 74 AD3d at 534); (cf. Ebanks v Triboro Coach Corp., 304 AD2d 406 [2003]). The uncertified police accident report submitted by defendants constitutes hearsay and, in any event, does not support Guzman-Sosa's account of the accident (see Rivera v GT Acquisition 1 Corp., 72 AD3d 525, 526 [2010]).

Contrary to the motion court's finding, depositions are not needed, since Guzman-Sosa had personal knowledge of the facts (see Avant, 74 AD3d at 534).

THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.

ENTERED: MARCH 15, 2012

CLERK

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