Pedestrian Struck by Car SettlesAugust, 2012
Our client was a pedestrian crossing North Park Road at the intersection of Oley Street from east to west in West Reading. At the time of the incident, there was afternoon traffic backing up North Park Road where it crossed Oley Street. A car that was stopped on the north traveling lane in North Park Road waived for our client to cross in front of him so that she could cross North Park Road.
Unbeknownst to either of them, at the same time, the Defendant was driving northbound on Park Road North in the center turn-only lane, using the lane as a through-way to get to the next intersection. In the words of an eye-witness, the Defendant was “flying up” the center turn-only lane.
Without any warning whatsoever, the Defendant violently struck our client as she stepped into the lane, resulting in serious injuries, including fractures in her left foot to the 4th and 5th metatarsals, a low back injury as evidenced by an acute lumbosacral radiculopathy (confirmed by EMG), and carpal tunnel wrist injuries (she braced herself with her hands as she went down to the pavement).
The case settled during a Judicial Conference at the Court house.