Struck Pedestrian Gets $495K Settlement
illiamson v. Washington: A pedestrian who was struck by a car while crossing the street agreed to a $495,000 settlement of her Hudson County suit March 27. Veronica Williamson, now 45, was struck by a car while crossing Martin Luther King Drive in Jersey City at around 2 a.m. on March 31, 2012, according to her lawyer, Steven Haddad of Haddad Law Offices in Edison. She suffered fractures of the face and skull and required pen reduction and internal fixation on her right ankle. Williamson had just left a bar where she had been drinking, and she crossed the street in the middle of two parked cars instead of at the crosswalk, Haddad said. Williamson was determined to have a blood-alcohol content of .127, in excess of the legal limit of .08 for driving, and the defense claimed her judgment was impaired, Haddad said. Williamson filed suit against the driver of the car, Yusef Washington, and its owner, Pamela Lewis. Haddad said he was prepared to argue that Washington was driving too fast for conditions, which included light rain. The settlement was reached about a week before trial. The lawyer for Washington and Lewis, Thomas Morrone of Chasan, Leyner& Lamparello in Secaucus, confirmed the settlement.
-By Charles Toutant