No. 409 April Term, 1979, Appeal from Order in the Court of Common Pleas of Clearfield County, Civil Division, No. 76-2239.
Alvin B. Coppolo, St. Marys, for appellants.
Joseph J. Lee, Clearfield, for Benjamin B. Gold, appellee.
Charles C. Brown, Jr., Bellefonte, for Laura Grace Myers, appellee.
Hester, Montgomery and Lipez, JJ.
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This is an appeal from the order of the Court of Common Pleas, Civil Division of Clearfield County at No. 76-2239, denying appellants' motion for new trial. The procedural history and facts relevant to the issues on appeal are as follows:
Appellant Laura Grace Myers was the driver of a 1968 Chevrolet. On July 21, 1974, she decided to visit her parents, accompanied by her husband, appellant Robert Myers. He was sitting in the right front passenger seat at the time of a collision which occurred at approximately 11:55 P.M., at a "T" intersection of Pennsylvania Legislative Routes 879
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and 17068, which is situated in the Township of Karthaus. L.R. 879 runs generally in an east-west direction as does L.R. 17068. At a point approximately one mile from the Village of Karthaus, L.R. 879 makes a right angle turn to the south. At the point of the turn, L.R. 17068 has its junction with L.R. 879.
Prior to the accident, appellants were traveling in an easterly direction on L.R. 879, and appellee was traveling in a westerly direction on L.R. 17068. It was a clear night, the pavement was dry, and both drivers had their lights on. An operator traveling east on L.R. 879 had clear vision of the intersection for a distance of 450-500 feet, and clear vision in an easterly direction of L.R. 17068, beyond the point of intersection for a distance between 750 and 1200 feet. A person traveling west on L.R. 17068 had clear vision of the intersection for a distance of 750 to 1250 feet. Appellants were following a car for several miles prior to the intersection at a speed of approximately 45 miles an hour. As they approached the intersection, the car immediately in front of appellants signaled its intention to turn right on L.R. 879 by means of a curved accessway on his right, some distance prior to the intersection where the collision occurred. At that time, appellant Laura Grace Myers testified she was able to see the appellee's car, which was then 150 to 160 feet from the turn in the road. Appellee indicated his intention to turn left, across appellants' line of travel southerly on to L.R. 879. Appellee made his left turn and a collision with appellants' car occurred. Appellant Robert Myers stated appellee's car was stopped in the intersection for approximately five seconds prior to the impact.
Appellee testified he saw appellants' car at a distance of approximately 156 feet. It was following another car which turned right on to the curved accessway to L.R. 879. Appellee hesitated at the intersection for a moment, then made his left turn, but did not see appellants' car until he was well into his turn, ...