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Pedestrian using a crosswalk fatally struck by motorist





Result type

Not present

brain, traumatic brain injury
On Oct. 24, 2016, plaintiffs’ decedent Tien Ahn Chung, 69, a retiree, was walking in a marked crosswalk with a green light and walk signal at the intersection of Main and Third Streets, in Alhambra, when she was struck by a vehicle operated by Noe Astorga. Chung suffered multiple traumatic and died at a hospital that same day. Chung’s adult sons, Bihn Tieu Tran, Ken Tran and Lawrence Chan, sued Astorga and Astorga’s employer, TNT USA Inc. The decedent’s sons alleged that Astorga was negligent in the operation of his vehicle and that TNT USA was vicariously liable for Astorga’s actions while in the course and scope of his employment. The defendants admitted liability and causation. Thus, the only issue left for the jury to determine was the reasonable value of the loss., Chung sustained a traumatic brain injury and blunt force trauma to her body. She was transported to a hospital, but she died that same day. Chung’s adult sons sought recovery of wrongful death damages for the loss of their mother. They also sought recovery of their mother’s past medical costs, and of funeral and burial expenses. Defense counsel contended that the decedent’s sons’ relationship with their mother was not as close as they claimed. Counsel also argued that the decedent had health issues involving her heart, and asked the jury to award the plaintiffs no more than $1.5 million.
Superior Court of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, CA

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