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DUQUESNE LIGHT COMPANY v. RONALD A. RIPPEL (06/22/84)

filed: June 22, 1984.

DUQUESNE LIGHT COMPANY,
v.
RONALD A. RIPPEL, APPELLANT. DUQUESNE LIGHT COMPANY, V. THOMAS HARTER, APPELLANT



No. 290 Pittsburgh, 1982, Appeal from Judgment of the Court of Common Pleas, Civil Division, of Allegheny County, No. 4035 of 1980. No. 293 Pittsburgh, 1982, Appeal from Judgment of the Court of Common Pleas, Civil Division, of Allegheny County, No. 8363 of 1980.

COUNSEL

Lee R. Golden, Pittsburgh, for appellants.

David R. Cashman, Pittsburgh, for appellee.

Rowley, Wieand and Hester, JJ.

Author: Wieand

[ 329 Pa. Super. Page 290]

On December 23, 1978, a vehicle driven by Thomas Harter negligently collided with and sheared off a utility pole owned by Duquesne Light Co. On February 4, 1979, Ronald A. Rippel's truck also struck and demolished a pole which was owned and used by Duquesne Light Co. to support a street light, a transformer and transmission lines. On both occasions, the utility company was compelled to dispatch repair crews to the sites of the accidents to replace the poles and make repairs to its system for distributing electric power. Harter and Rippel were sued in separate actions. They admitted liability but contested Duquesne Light Co.'s computation of repair costs. Non-jury trials

[ 329 Pa. Super. Page 291]

    resulted in findings against Harter for $937.09 and against Rippel for $3,980.85.*fn1 Appeals to this Court requested review of the trial court's assessments of damages. Having done so, we affirm.

Appellee itemized damages in the Harter case as follows:

Labor $649.69

Drayage 502.10

Materials 50.58

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