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Saydi Polanco, Plaintiff-Respondent v. Mallam Y. Alhassan

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


March 19, 2013

SAYDI POLANCO, PLAINTIFF-RESPONDENT
v.
MALLAM Y. ALHASSAN, ET AL., DEFENDANTS-APPELLANTS, ALAN BELL, DEFENDANT.

Polanco v Alhassan

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 19, 2013 Andrias, J.P., Friedman, DeGrasse, Freedman, Abdus-Salaam, JJ.

Order, Supreme Court, Bronx County (John A. Barone, J.), entered December 21, 2011, which granted plaintiff's motion for partial summary judgment on the issue of liability, unanimously reversed, on the law, without costs, and the motion denied.

Summary judgment on the issue of liability was improperly granted in this action where plaintiff pedestrian was injured when she was struck by a taxicab owned and operated by defendants-appellants. The record presents triable issues of fact as to whether plaintiff was in the crosswalk at the time of the accident. Both plaintiff and defendant driver testified that they looked and that the intersection was clear before they made their respective movements, and neither saw the other until the moment of impact. Although plaintiff testified that she was walking across the intersection within the crosswalk when the accident occurred, the police accident report indicated that she was rushing across the street. Moreover, defendant driver testified that at the time of impact, the front of the car, which was the part of the vehicle that struck plaintiff, was past the crosswalk (see Wein v Robinson, 92 AD3d 578 [1st Dept 2012]; Villaverde v Santiago-Aponte, 84 AD3d 506 [1st Dept 2011]).

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

ENTERED: MARCH 19, 2013

CLERK

20130319

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