59 N.Y. St. Rptr. 309

Mary Walsh et al., as Administrators, etc., App’lts, v. Manhattan Railway Company, Resp’t.

(New York Superior Court, General Term,

Filed April 2, 1894.)

Negligence—Question of fact.

Where, in an action against a railroad for negligence, the evidence is conflicting as to whether the engineer, when he first saw the intestate on the track, could have stopped the engine in time to prevent the injury, the case should be submitted to the jury.

Appeal from a judgment dismissing the complaint.

Samuel 0. Eerrirnan, for app’lts; Davis, Short & Townsend, for resp’t.

*310Dugro, J.

J.— The plaintiffs’ intestate fell or jumped upop the track of the elevated railroad from the station at Eighteenth street and Third avenue, and was crushed to death by an incoming train. This appeal is from the judgment dismissing the complaint, entered after the defendant had rested. The question presented is, substantially, whether the evidence warranted a submission of the case to the jury. As there was evidence that the engineer saw the decease fall or jump, whichever he did, the location of the train at the time of this incident was of vital importance. ' Upon this point the evidence was conflicting. The engineer testified that when he got to the end of the station, about twenty-five feet from the deceased, the latter junped off the platform. Doyle testified that, when the deceased got up from the track, he (the witness) looked south to see where the engine was, and noticed it between Sixteenth and Seventeenth streets. If the jury believed, as they might have, that at the time the engineer saw the deceased leave the platform the train was between Sixteenth and Seventeenth streets, and the engineer’s evidence that he did not put the brakes on until he reached the end of the station, and that they were then on for his regular stop, it might well be that they would have found the accident to have occurred through negligence on the part of the engineer in not using ordinary diligence to stop the train after he saw the deceased upon the track. It may be needless to say that, if the,accident happened through the engineer’s neglect to use ordinary care after he saw the man upon the track, there would be no question of contributory negligence, except such as might arise upon the point as to whether the deceased used ordinary care in attempting to reach a point of safety, and upon this the evidence would have sustained a finding in plaintiff’s favor. I think the refusal to submit the case to the jury was error, and that the judgment should be reversed, and a new trial ordered, with, costs to abide the event. "

All concur.

Walsh v. Manhattan Railway Co.
59 N.Y. St. Rptr. 309

Case Details

Walsh v. Manhattan Railway Co.
Decision Date
Apr 2, 1894

59 N.Y. St. Rptr. 309

New York



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