Seong Sil Kim v. New York City Transit Authority

Seong Sil Kim V. New York City Transit Authority

Seong Sil Kim v. New York City Transit Authority

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In the lawsuit Seong Sil Kim v. NYCTA, a woman who lay down on subway tracks in an attempt to kill herself was first awarded over $14,000,000 when the train hit her. The NYCTA appealed and the NY Supreme Court ordered a new trial in 2006.

On May 3, 2000, Mrs. Seong Sil Kim lay down on the subway tracks just north of 34th street on the west side of Manhattan. Soon, she was hit by an E-train and was nearly killed. She suffered traumatic amputation of the right hand except for the thumb; multiple skull and facial bone fractures; fractures to the right radius; fractured left toes; and lacerations of the face, abdomen, and leg, resulting in permanent scarring.

Kim sued the New York City Transit Authority for damages.

In the subsequent trial, it was revealed that somebody called '9-1-1' about six minutes before the accident, saying that he had seen a person lying on the tracks. They notified the train operators, and the driver of the E train was moving between 10 and 15 miles an hour when he hit her. That is an appropriate speed under alert for a New York City Transit subway train. However, Kim's lawyers presented an expert witness who calculated that the operator should have been able to stop his train in time had he been going 10 m.p.h. or less.

Through a translator, Kim claimed to have had no idea how she ended up on tracks. However, she was 30 to 100 feet north of the platform, so she could not have fallen there. She lay on the tracks for almost half an hour before she got hit....
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