SHELTON v. CABLE EXPRESS INC

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, New York.

Joseph D. SHELTON, Sr., Plaintiff-Respondent, v. CABLE EXPRESS, INC., and William K. Closser, Defendants-Appellants.

Decided: September 29, 2000

PRESENT:  PIGOTT, JR., P.J., WISNER, SCUDDER and LAWTON, JJ. Jeffrey C. Sendziak, Buffalo, for Defendants-Appellants. William A. Gersten, Buffalo, for Plaintiff-Respondent.

Supreme Court properly denied defendants' motion to dismiss the complaint on the ground of forum non conveniens (see, CPLR 327[a] ).   Contrary to defendants' contention, the occurrence of the motor vehicle accident in New York is not the only connection with this State.   An eyewitness is a New York resident and, as a result of the investigation of the New York State Police, defendant William K. Closser was cited for following too closely in violation of Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1129(a) (cf., Dales v. Tiessen, 231 A.D.2d 920, 647 N.Y.S.2d 629;  Singh v. Zuidema, 221 A.D.2d 1020, 634 N.Y.S.2d 301).

Order unanimously affirmed without costs.

MEMORANDUM: