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$3,000,000 Settlement for the Estate of Pedestrian Hit by Truck

The Estate of a 60-year-old woman who was struck and killed by a utility truck has settled with the defendants for $3,000,000.00.

On January 11, 2016, Plaintiff, a housekeeper at a hospital, was crossing the parking lot of a grocery store where she walked in front of an idling truck. The truck driver did not see the woman and proceeded to pull out of the parking spot. The truck struck the woman and dragged her a short distance before the driver became aware of the woman’s presence. She was pronounced dead on the scene.

Plaintiffs argued the truck driver failed to follow trucking industry standards, motor vehicle laws and other statutes. Plaintiffs maintained this negligence was the direct cause of the accident, the injuries, and resultant death. The defendant maintained the decedent was contributorily negligent in failing to appreciate that she was walking in front of an idling truck that could begin to move at any point.

A settlement agreement was reached amongst the parties on March 9, 2018, four weeks before the trial date.

Plaintiffs were represented by Barry R. Eichen of Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP.