Jury awards more than $1.4M in vehicle mishap case (pedestrian accident)
A civil court jury has awarded a total sum of $1,457,694 in connection with two separate, but related, legal actions brought as the result of a vehicular accident which claimed the life of one person and resulted in injuries to a second.
The mishap occurred Aug. 15, 1988, on Route 309 in Wright Township.
Fatally injured in the mishap was Stacy Ann Galardi, 15, of 66 W. Hartford St., Ashley.
Injured was Leigh Ann Savitski, 15, of 267 Church St., Mountaintop.
Plaintiffs in the case are Joseph and Kathleen Galardi, parents and co-administrators of their daughter's estate, and John and Mary Savitski, parents and natural guardians of Leigh Ann.
Listed as defendants in both cases were Joseph P. Minzola of 139 Middletown Road, Freeland, and Energy Technologies Inc., 634 Perry St., Hazleton.
The lawsuits contended that the two young girls were walking in a southernly direction along Route 309, near Church Road, in Wright township, when they were struck by a van driven by Minzola and owned by Energy Technologies Inc.
Stacy Ann Galardi died Sept. 5, 1988.
Judge Gifford Cappellini presided at the seven-day trial with a jury of seven men and five women with two alternates.
The jury award in the lawsuit brought by Joseph and Kathleen Galardi totaled $55,975 under the Wrongful Death Act.
This amount included medical expenses, $51,570.32, and funeral expenses of $4,405.
Also, the amount of damages sustained by the plaintiffs under the Survival Act: Loss of Stacy Galardi's future earnings capacity, less personal maintenance, $950,000 and the pre-impact fright suffered by Stacy Galardi, $50,000.
The total amount awarded by the jury in the legal action brought by John and Mary Savitski and their daughter, Leigh Ann, was: $401,719.
This amount included the following:
Past and present medical expenses, $1,719.85; future medical expenses, $50,000; past and present physical pain and suffering, $100,000; future physical pain and suffering, $50,000; past and present emotional distress and mental anguish, $35,000; future emotional distress and mental anguish, $20,000; past and present loss of pleasures and enjoyment of life, $5,000; future loss of pleasures and enjoyment of life, $5,000.
Also, past and present humiliation and embarrassment, $10,000; future humiliation and embarrassment, $25,000; disfigurement and scaring she has suffered to date and which she will continue to suffer for the duration of her life, $100,000.
The plaintiffs in both cases were represented by Attorney Joseph Quinn, assisted by Attorney John Nardone and Melissa Scartelli and paralegal Rita Groves.
Defendants were represented by Attorney Mark A. Ciarvarella, Jr.