Tuesday, April 17, 2012
A jury has ruled in favor of a Harrison woman injured in 2007 when her car was struck by Henry Mohr, a Harrison firefighter en route to a nearby crash.
The jury on Friday ordered Mohr, a former fire chief, as well as the town of Harrison, to pay Sandra Fugazi $825,000 in damages.
“I think justice was done,” said Fugazi’s attorney, Daniel A. Thomas. “I think the most important lesson is that first responders, no matter how noble their intentions, are still required to exercise care in responding to an emergency.”
Mohr was driving a sport-utility vehicle north on Harrison Avenue around 60 mph on the morning of June 21, 2007, speeding toward a crash on the Hutchinson River Parkway.
He passed another firefighter’s vehicle that was ahead of him — radio transmissions recorded him chiding the other firefighter for going too slow — then pulled into oncoming lanes of traffic and drove through a red light into the intersection with Union Avenue.
Fugazy, who was then 59 , moved through the intersection (she had a green light) at between 20 and 30 mph, and the two vehicles collided. Fugazy said she never heard any sirens.
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