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MEET LIDIA BASTIANICH
(TV Host, Restauranteur, & Author)
On Feb. 27th at OLBS Catholic Academy
Lidia Bastianich, an Emmy
award-winning television host,
best-selling cookbook author,
and restauranteur will join us on
the evening of Febury 27th, 2020
for a meet & greet, brief
conversation and signing of her
Date And Time:
Thu, February 27, 2020
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM EST
34-30 203rd St
Bayside, NY 11361
Limited tickets are available, none
will be sold at the door.
Ticket includes meet & greet with
Q&A, light refreshments/hors
d'oeuvres, & signed copy of "Felidia:
Recipes From My Flagship
Tickets at Eventbrite.com
ROGUE POLICE CAR
Q: Just before midnight, my son and I were passengers in a minivan operated by my
husband, traveling east. At a T-intersection, it collided with a black unmarked police car, traveling
north. Our street was not governed by a traffic control device. The other street came to an end at this
intersection and was governed by a stop sign. The unmarked police car was making a left turn: from
our right, it entered suddenly and without warning. Papa swerved to the right to attempt to avoid a
collision, but too late.
I was in the rear seat, with my seatbelt on and looking straight ahead. I was not
distracting my husband, in any way. Our son was in the front seat, with his seatbelt on and looking
to the right – when he suddenly saw the black car. According to the NYPD Accident Report, the car
was on routine police patrol. Its driver says that we had entered the intersection at a high rate of
speed. Papa says that we were going 20-25 mph. Junior says that the black car did not stop before
entering the intersection.
A: A driver who fails to yield the right of way – even after stopping at a stop sign – is in
violation of Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1142(a) and is negligent as a matter of law. Even if the police
officer stopped at the sign, that is not dispositive where the evidence establishes that a driver failed to
yield after initially stopping. Your husband, as the driver with the right-of-way, was entitled to
anticipate that another motorist would obey traffic laws which require him or her to yield. Even if
the defendant driver did initially stop at the stop sign, he was negligent in entering the intersection
without yielding the right-of-way – as well as in failing to see what was there to be seen.
True, your husband had a duty to use reasonable care to avoid a collision. However, he
had only seconds to react. Accordingly, your attorney will argue that your husband cannot have been
‘comparatively negligent’ for failing to avoid the collision. As for you and your son, you were innocent
passengers who clearly did not contribute to the occurrence of this tragedy.
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