8. In the meantime the defendant's mail truck was proceeding South on Grant Street in the outside lane of traffic at approximately twelve miles per hour. As the truck approached the Fourth Avenue intersection, the traffic light changed to green for Grant Street traffic when the truck was approximately fifty feet away from the intersection.
9. There was a distance of at least eight feet between Green's truck and the defendant's truck which was passing on the right.
10. The driver of the defendant's truck failed to see the deceased until just before the left front fender of his truck struck her. The driver was unable to bring his truck to a stop until after he had crossed Fourth Avenue which is twenty-one feet wide.
11. The defendant's employee was negligent in failing to see the deceased until too late to avoid striking her; and in failing to have his truck under such control that he could stop on the least possible notice. This negligence was the proximate cause of the injury. The deceased was not guilty of contributory negligence.
12. While there was no evidence of the deceased's pain and suffering after being removed from the scene of the accident, both truck drivers testified that the deceased was 'moaning' while lying in the street.
13. The deceased was sixty-seven years of age and was in good health; she left surviving her eight children.
14. Three daughters, Evelyn, Gertrude and Mary lived at home with the deceased. Each of these daughters paid Ten ($ 10.00) Dollars a week to the deceased for room, board, washing and other services. Since their mother's death these same services cost them double this amount. Evelyn was married shortly before the trial.
15. The mother gave gifts to her children on their birthdays and at Christmas time.
16. The deceased rendered service to all of the children, giving them needed counsel and guidance.
17. The hospital and doctor bills amounted to $ 25.00.
18. The deceased's net income was negligible.
Conclusions of Law
1. This case is within the jurisdiction of this Court.
2. A pedestrian, at a street corner, has a superior right-of-way over vehicles, when, after he has started across, the traffic light has turned against him. Pennsylvania Act of 1929, P.L. 905 and amendments, 75 P.S. 1 et seq.
3. It is the duty of the driver of a motor vehicle approaching an intersection to have his car under such control that he is able to stop with the shortest possible notice. Fidelity-Philadelphia Trust Company, Executor v. Staats, 358 Pa. 344, 57 A.2d 830.
4. The defendant's employee was negligent in failing to see the deceased until too late to avoid striking her; and in failing to have his truck under such control that he could stop on the least possible notice. This negligence was the proximate cause of the injury. The deceased was not guilty of contributory negligence.
5. The plaintiff is entitled to recover for the benefit of the estate, the sum of $ 1125 for pain and suffering, hospital and doctor bills and funeral expenses. Murray v. Philadelphia Transportation Co., 359 Pa. 69, 58 A.2d 323.
6. The plaintiff is entitled to recover for the beneficiaries under the Act of 1855, P.L. 309, the sum of $ 3060 as damages for loss of service to the daughters living at home, counsel and guidance, and gifts to all the children. Gaydos v. Domabyl, 301 Pa. 523, 152 A. 549.
And now the above-entitled action came on for hearing, and after hearing and consideration thereof, it is ordered that judgment in the amount of $ 4185, plus costs, be, and hereby is, entered in favor of the Plaintiff, Mary Visokay, and against the defendant, the United States of America.