On November 11, 2001, shortly after exiting church services in Hyde Park, the plaintiff, an 84year-old Haitian immigrant, attempted to cross Washington Street in order to return to her husband’s parked car. While in the process of crossing Washington Street, a car, traveling at a high rate of speed, struck the plaintiff, forcing her body over the hood of the defendants’ car before landing on the roadway. As a direct result of the impact the plaintiff suffered fractures of her left femur, tibia, fibula, left humerus, clavicle and scapula, as well as fractures of her 1st, 5th, 6th, and 7th ribs; a right AC joint separation; and a post-operative pulmonary embolism. Medical bills incurred by the plaintiff as a result of her accident-related injuries totaled approximately $75,000.
A finding of liability in favor of the plaintiff was obtained following the entry of default judgment against the defendants. An award of $575,015.22 was entered by the court following a hearing on plaintiff’s motion for assessment of damages.
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