Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York.
Ana ARELLANO, plaintiff, v. Karen M. RICHARDS, respondent, Jonathan M. Goll, appellant.
Decided: June 27, 2018
ALAN D. SCHEINKMAN, P.J., JEFFREY A. COHEN, COLLEEN D. DUFFY, ANGELA G. IANNACCI, JJ.
Russo & Tambasco, Melville, N.Y. (Susan J. Mitola of counsel), for appellant.
DECISION & ORDER
In an action to recover damages for personal injuries, the defendant Jonathan M. Goll appeals from an order of the Supreme Court, Queens County (Denis J. Butler, J.), entered March 20, 2017. The order denied the motion of the defendant Jonathan M. Goll for summary judgment dismissing the complaint and all cross claims insofar as asserted against him.
ORDERED that the order is reversed, on the law, with costs, and the motion of the defendant Jonathan M. Goll for summary judgment dismissing the complaint and all cross claims insofar as asserted against him is granted.
On October 12, 2015, a vehicle owned and operated by the defendant Jonathan M. Goll allegedly was struck in the rear by a vehicle owned and operated by the defendant Karen M. Richards, which caused the Goll vehicle to be propelled forward and strike the rear of a vehicle owned and operated by nonparty Jose Arellano in which the plaintiff was a passenger (hereinafter the Arellano vehicle). The plaintiff subsequently commenced this action against Goll and Richards to recover damages for personal injuries. After joinder of issue, but before discovery was complete, Goll moved for summary judgment dismissing the complaint and all cross claims insofar as asserted against him. The Supreme Court denied the motion, and Goll appeals.
“ ‘In a chain collision accident, the operator of the middle vehicle may establish prima facie entitlement to judgment as a matter of law by demonstrating that the middle vehicle was properly stopped behind the lead vehicle when it was struck from behind by the rear vehicle and propelled into the lead vehicle’ ” (Morales v. Amar, 145 A.D.3d 1000, 1002, 44 N.Y.S.3d 184, quoting Chuk Hwa Shin v. Correale, 142 A.D.3d 518, 519, 36 N.Y.S.3d 213). In support of his motion, Goll established his prima facie entitlement to judgment as a matter of law by demonstrating that prior to striking the rear of the Arellano vehicle, his vehicle was stopped behind the Arellano vehicle and was propelled into the Arellano vehicle after it was struck in the rear by the Richards vehicle (see Morales v. Amar, 145 A.D.3d at 1003, 44 N.Y.S.3d 184; Chuk Hwa Shin v. Correale, 142 A.D.3d at 518, 36 N.Y.S.3d 213; Niosi v. Jones, 133 A.D.3d 578, 580, 19 N.Y.S.3d 550; Fonteboa v. Nugget Cab Corp., 123 A.D.3d 759, 760, 999 N.Y.S.2d 113). This evidence provided Goll with a nonnegligent explanation for his part in the accident (see Williams v. Sala, 152 A.D.3d 729, 59 N.Y.S.3d 108). In opposition, Richards failed to raise a triable issue of fact as to Goll's negligence in the happening of the accident.
Accordingly, the Supreme Court should have granted Goll's motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint and all cross claims insofar as asserted against him.
SCHEINKMAN, P.J., COHEN, DUFFY and IANNACCI, JJ., concur.
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