time of his death. His life expectancy was approximately 20 years.
18. Decedent was employed as a taxi driver by Yellow Cab Co. from February 1945 until the date of his death and was a steady, reliable worker. His average weekly wages during the year preceding his death was $ 54.50 per week. His average tips as a driver were $ 24.60. Decedent's average weekly earnings were $ 79.10.
19. Decedent had a savings account at the North Philadelphia Trust Company and during the year preceding his death (1946) he saved a total of approximately $ 600.
20. At the time of his death, decedent lived alone in a three-room housekeeping apartment with a kitchen. The rent for this apartment was $ 35 per month. He prepared his meals in his apartment. Decedent went to church regularly, was described as a 'mild regular fellow', and approximately once a month attended a professional ball game.
21. Decedent was in normal good health at the time of his death, except that he had an impairment of hearing in the left ear which did not interfere with his occupation.
22. In 1943 the decedent was divorced. He left surviving him, as a dependent next-of-kin, his son, Thomas R. Fagan.
23. Decedent's son sustained a pecuniary loss of $ 720 per year as a result of his death. This pecuniary loss up to the time of trial was $ 2,520. In view of the better financial situation of the son at the time of trial, I find that the decedent's contribution to the son would reasonably have ceased by March 1, 1952. I find that the son suffered a pecuniary loss by reason of decedent's death in the amount of $ 3585.
24. Decedent had a reasonable working expectancy of 15 years, 5 years of which have expired. The present value of $ 1 invested at the rate of 4% for a period of 10 years is $ 8.2689.
25. I find that the economic value of decedent's life under the doctrine of Murray v. P.T.C., 359 Pa. 69, is $ 600.00 a year up to the present time or a total of $ 3,000. The economic loss to the Estate in the future will be $ 2050.00 a year based upon savings during the year 1946-1947 and the saving of part of the amount he had previously given to the son. The total loss to date and the future loss reduced to present value is $ 11,682.35.
26. The funeral bill of $ 622 was fair and reasonable and was paid by the Administrator of the Estate.
Conclusions of Law.
1. This Court has jurisdiction over the parties and over the subject matter of this suit.
2. Defendant was negligent and this negligence was the proximate cause of the decedent's death.
3. Plaintiff's decedent was not contributorily negligent.
4. Plaintiff is entitled to a judgment against the defendant as follows:
(a) Pecuniary loss to son $ 3,585.00
(b) Pecuniary loss to Estate 11,682.35
(c) Funeral bill 622.00
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