Hector Gomez, Plaintiff–Respondent, v. Isaac M. Santiago, et al., Defendants, The City of New York, et al., Defendants–Appellants.

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department.

Hector Gomez, Plaintiff–Respondent, v. Isaac M. Santiago, et al., Defendants, The City of New York, et al., Defendants–Appellants.

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Decided: January 28, 2016

Tom, J.P., Sweeny, Gische, Kapnick, JJ. London Fischer LLP, New York (Amy Kramer of counsel), for appellants. Louis A. Badolato, Roslyn, for respondent.

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Order, Supreme Court, Bronx County (Norma Ruiz, J.), entered October 23, 2014, which, inter alia, denied the motion of defendants City of New York and Welsbach Electric Corp. (Welsbach) for summary judgment dismissing the complaint and all cross claims as against them, unanimously reversed, on the law, without costs, and the motion granted.  The Clerk is directed to enter judgment accordingly.

Dismissal of the complaint and all cross claims as against the City and Welsbach is warranted in this action involving a motor vehicle accident between plaintiff's van and a car driven by defendant Santiago and owned by defendant Salgado.  Plaintiff testified that as he approached the intersection he saw that the traffic signal was flashing yellow, and Santiago stated that as he approached the intersection he was faced with a flashing red signal.  Both drivers also testified that they saw the respective flashing signals before they neared the intersection, and understood what the signals meant.  Accordingly, the record establishes that the flashing traffic signals caused no confusion, and were not a proximate cause of this accident (see e.g. Minemar v. Khramova, 29 AD3d 750 [2d Dept 2006];  Bisceglia v. International Bus. Machs., 287 A.D.2d 674 [2d Dept 2001], lv denied 98 N.Y.2d 605 [2002] ).

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