RENEE WANTUCK INDIVIDUALLY AND AS PARENT AND NATURAL GUARDIAN OF TYLER BOCHENSKI AN INFANT PLAINTIFF APPELLANT v. CITY OF BUFFALO DEFENDANT RESPONDENT

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department.

RENEE WANTUCK, INDIVIDUALLY, AND AS PARENT AND NATURAL GUARDIAN OF TYLER BOCHENSKI, AN INFANT, PLAINTIFF–APPELLANT, v. CITY OF BUFFALO, DEFENDANT–RESPONDENT.

CA 16–01066

Decided: November 18, 2016

PRESENT:  SMITH, J.P., CENTRA, PERADOTTO, LINDLEY, AND CURRAN, JJ. LAW OFFICES OF JAMES MORRIS, BUFFALO (JACLYN F. SILVER OF COUNSEL), FOR PLAINTIFF–APPELLANT. TIMOTHY A. BALL, CORPORATION COUNSEL, BUFFALO (DAVID M. LEE OF COUNSEL), FOR DEFENDANT–RESPONDENT.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

It is hereby ORDERED that the order so appealed from is unanimously affirmed without costs.

Memorandum:  Plaintiff, individually and as parent and natural guardian of her son, commenced this negligence action seeking damages for injuries sustained by her son when he struck a trash receptacle located on a sidewalk after he lost control and fell off of a bicycle that he had been riding on the street.  We conclude that Supreme Court properly granted defendant's motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint.  Defendant met its initial burden of establishing as a matter of law that the trash receptacle constituted an “open and obvious” condition, and that it was not “inherently dangerous” (Jordan–Parker v. City of Buffalo, 137 AD3d 1751, 1752;  see Jones v. City of New York, 32 AD3d 706, 706–707), and plaintiff failed to raise a triable issue of fact (see generally Zuckerman v. City of New York, 49 N.Y.2d 557, 562).

Frances E. Cafarell

Clerk of the Court