November 3rd, 2010 16:48 EST
Court Rules: Girl, 4, Can Be Sued For Running Over Old Lady With Bike
"A girl can be sued over accusations she ran over an elderly woman with her training bicycle when she was 4 years old, a New York Supreme Court justice has ruled.
The ruling by King`s County Supreme Court Justice Paul Wooten stems from an incident in April 2009 when Juliet Breitman and Jacob Kohn, both aged four, struck an 87-year-old pedestrian, Claire Menagh, with their training bikes.
Menagh underwent surgery for a fractured hip and died three months later.
In a ruling made public late Thursday, the judge dismissed arguments by Breitman`s lawyer that the case should be dismissed because of her young age. He ruled that she is old enough to be sued and the case can proceed."
If the 87-year-old lady couldn`t get out of the way of a 4-year-old girl on a bike with training wheels, she had no business walking on the sidewalk.
It`s unfortunate that the old woman died from the injuries sustained from the accident, but it`s ludicrous to hold the young girl liable.
Accidents happen, especially when your 87-freaking-years old, and your arm may break if a leaf lands on it.
It`s a shame that the little girl`s parents have to go through legal hell over an accident.
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