Plaintiffs say parked cars blocked view of intersection and constituted a dangerous condition. Death of scientist, age 59, while riding a motorcycle.
Liddy Law Firm by Donald G. Liddy and Paula Jovell, Pasadena.
Johnston & Hutchinson, LLP by Thomas Johnston, Los Angeles.
Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney by Dikran Sassounian, Los Angeles. (For City.)
Veatch Carlson by James Siepler, Los Angeles. (For Ramon Nevarez.)
Jon Landerville, accident reconstruction, Torrance.
Wes Pringle, traffic and transportation engineering, Laguna Niguel.
Peter Wrobel, economics, Los Angeles.
David Royer, P.E., traffic and highway engineering.
Wesly Nutten, economics, Los Angeles.
Daniel Voss, accident reconstruction, Long Beach.
On the morning of February 27, 2013, Thomas Guilmette, a 59-year-old husband and father, was killed in a collision with a motorist, Ramon Nevarez. Decedent was riding his motorcycle when he was struck by the defendant driver. Decedent was a rocket scientist working on the Webb telescope at the time of his death.
Defendant driver, Mr. Nevarez, was attempting to turn left from Cabrillo Avenue onto Summerland in San Pedro, California. Mr. Nevarez’ view to his left was obstructed by parked cars. There were no signs or other markings prohibiting parking. Defendant driver was found not liable by the jury.
The City admitted it does not determine whether intersections or roadways are dangerous unless someone complains about them. When the City’s expert was questioned about existing plans showing 35-31 feet of red curb, he testified he had never seen the plans. (After Mr. Guilmette's death, the city added a stop sign and restricted parking on the curb that had blocked drivers' views at the intersection.)
That the City knew of the dangerous condition before Mr. Guilmette was killed.
That the dangerous intersection claimed the life of Mr. Guilmette, a scientist at Northrop Grumman working on satellites and the Webb telescope at the time of his death. The lawsuit was filed by Mr. Guilmette’s survivors – his widow, Lani Guilmette and their young son, Grayson.
Defense contended that all liability belonged to the motorists involved in the accident and denied that a plan to make the intersection safer existed before the accident.
Wrongful death – loss of love, companionship, guidance, support, training, comfort, financial support, assistance, protection, and care.