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Los Angeles Liable for Traffic Fatality

On May 2, a jury found the city of Los Angeles 95% liable for the 2013 death of a motorcyclist at an intersection in San Pedro. They awarded the decedent’s widow and young son $23.7 million. Thomas Guilmette died after his motorcycle hit a car that had inched into traffic.

San Pedro residents had complained about the intersection at West Summerland and North Cabillo avenues for years. Drivers waiting on Cabrillo to turn left on Summerland faced a blind corner that forced them to inch into traffic in order to see.

Attorney Don Liddy said the judgement was so large because of evidence showing city officials had previously planned to make changes to the intersection to improve visibility. City officials made changes following Guilmette’s death, restricting street parking and adding a stop sign.