On August 27, a $2,050,000 settlement was reached in a wrongful death case scheduled to go to trial in Wayne County, Pa. The accident involved the death of 60-year-old Ruthann Malti who was struck and killed by a Ford pickup truck on the corner of 7th and Church Streets in downtown Honesdale, Pa.
A case was filed on behalf of the Estate of Ruthann Malti by attorneys Daniel Munley and Julia Munley of Munley Law, Scranton. The case was filed against William Joseph, the driver of the pickup; PennDOT; the Borough of Honesdale; Borton-Lawson; Leeward Construction, Inc.; and Parsons-Brinckerhoff, LLC, the international engineering firm from New York City who designed the roadway configuration.
As a result of the accident, Malti suffered significant pain and suffering, and irreversible brain damage, which lead to her death a few days later. It was always the position of the Malti family that the change to the one-way street configuration and misplacement of crosswalks led to this accident.
Over the course of the case, the attorneys from Munley Law retained engineers who, after reviewing the site, concluded that the intersection was unnecessarily dangerous to pedestrians. Further review showed that none of the supervisory entities, namely PennDOT, the Borough of Honesdale, and Parsons Brinckerhoff, LLC took any action to remove the dangers and improve safety, despite numerous ominous warnings and near misses prior to this accident.
While no amount of financial compensation could ever make up for the loss of a loved one, the family of Ruthann Malti takes great comfort in knowing that since the filing of the lawsuit, changes have been made to improve pedestrian safety at that intersection. It is our hope that these changes will prevent another senseless tragedy like this from happening to another family.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident or a car crash, contact the Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers at Munley Law at 855-866-5529 or visit www.munley.com.