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SANFT v. HAISFIELD FORD (03/21/62)

March 21, 1962

SANFT
v.
HAISFIELD FORD, INC., APPELLANT.



Appeal, No. 246, Oct. T., 1961, from judgment of Municipal Court of Philadelphia County, April T., 1959, No. 765, in case of William J. Sanft v. Haisfield, Ford, Inc. et al. Judgment affirmed.

COUNSEL

Harold J. Elkman, for appellant.

Earl H. Parsons, with him Harry A. Short, Jr., for appellee.

Before Ervin, Wright, Woodside, Watkins, Montgomery, and Flood, JJ. (rhodes, P.j., absent).

Author: Watkins

[ 197 Pa. Super. Page 448]

OPINION BY WATKINS, J.

This is an appeal from the judgment of the Municipal Court, now the County Court, of Philadelphia County, in an action of trespass, entered in favor of William J. Sanft, the plaintiff-appellee and against Haisfield Ford, Inc., the defendant-appellant, in the amount of $2595; and from the denial by the court below of the defendant's motion for judgment n.o.v.

The plaintiff, William J. Sanft, delivered his automobile to the Haisfield Ford, Inc., company for repairs. When the repairs were made, the company's employe, one Haig Peters, took the automobile for the purpose of road testing and while road testing it, at the direction of his employer, used it for the purpose of picking up a radiator to be used in the defendant company's business but not for repairs to the plaintiff's automobile. While Peters was so using the plaintiff's automobile, he was involved in a collision with a truck, owned and operated by Joseph Fazio, in which collision

[ 197 Pa. Super. Page 449]

    plaintiff's automobile wes badly damaged. Sanft brought his action in trespass and Haig Peters, the defendant company's employe, and Joseph Fazio, the truck owner, were brought into the action as additional defendants by the company defendant. After trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiff, and against all three defendants, in the amount of $2595.

The rule in Pennsylvania is that a bailee will be held liable for damage resulting to the bailed goods if the damage has been caused by the bailee's negligence or unauthorized use. Madrid Motor Corp. v. Dawson, 166 Pa. Superior Ct. 451, 71 A.2d 849 (1950). The question of negligence was left for the jury's determination and by their verdict found that Haig Peters and Joseph Fazio were both negligent in the accident causing the damages to plaintiff's automobile and it follows that Haisfield Ford, Inc., the original defendant, would be responsible for the negligence of its employe agent while within the scope of his employment.

Defendant complains that the plaintiff failed to prove the damages caused to his automobile. The plaintiff introduced testimony by calling Edward Haisfield, the owner and president of Haisfield Ford, Inc., as on cross-examination, wherein it was elicited that he valued plaintiff's vehicle before the accident at $3295. An estimate of the cost of repairs to plaintiff's automobile was made by Haisfield Ford, Inc., however, no evidence as to the result of the estimate was introduced. William J. Freed, a qualified expert, testified as to the condition of plaintiff's automobile before the accident and that he examined plaintiff's automobile after the accident for the purpose of estimating the repairs and concluded that the automobile was not worth repairing and therefore ...


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