Davis v. Louisville & N. R. Co., 6 Div. 900

CourtSupreme Court of Alabama
Writing for the CourtANDERSON, Chief Justice.
Citation232 Ala. 382,168 So. 449
PartiesDAVIS v. LOUISVILLE & N.R. CO. et al.
Decision Date21 May 1936
Docket Number6 Div. 900

168 So. 449

232 Ala. 382

DAVIS
v.
LOUISVILLE & N.R. CO. et al.

6 Div. 900

Supreme Court of Alabama

May 21, 1936


Appeal from Circuit Court, Jefferson County; Gardner Goodwyn, Judge.

Action under homicide statute by Helen Davis, as administratrix of the estate of Marion Davis, deceased, against the Louisville & Nashville Railroad Company and others. From a judgment granting defendants' motion for a new trial, plaintiff appeals.

Affirmed.

F.F. Windham and Ewing & Perrine, all of Birmingham, and Lipscomb & Lipscomb, of Bessemer, for appellant.

Chas. H. Eyster, of Decatur, and Huey, Welch & Stone, of Bessemer, for appellees. [168 So. 450.]

ANDERSON, Chief Justice.

This case was tried upon one count and there was judgment for the plaintiff. The trial court granted the defendants' motion for a new trial and this appeal is from the judgment granting said motion.

In the case of Cobb v. Malone, 92 Ala. 630, 9 So. 738, the rule there laid down, and repeatedly followed, is that the decision by the trial court granting a new trial will not be reversed unless the evidence "plainly and palpably" supports the verdict.

We may concede that the burden was on the defendants under section 9955 of the Code of 1923 to acquit themselves of simple negligence notwithstanding the enginemen were sued jointly with the railroad, but, as to this, and regardless of the burden of proof, the defendants' evidence was direct and positive that the statutory signals had been given and which was disputed only indirectly by negative evidence. Not only this, but the plaintiff introduced the answers to interrogatories propounded under the statute to the defendant railroad and which acquitted its servants of negligence at the place in question. We therefore think and so hold that while there may have been a conflict as to this question, the evidence, or the weight of same, did not plainly and palpably support the verdict so as to put the trial court in error for granting the new trial, there being a ground in the motion that the verdict was contrary to the evidence.

Moreover, there was a conflict in the evidence as to where the deceased was when struck by the train. The complaint charged that it was at the 32d street crossing, while there was evidence, if not the weight of same, that he was seventy-five to one hundred feet above the crossing and was therefore a trespasser, and, if he was a trespasser, the plaintiff had no right to recover as for initial,...

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  • Louisville & N.R. Co. v. Davis, 6 Div. 140.
    • United States
    • Alabama Supreme Court
    • February 17, 1938
    ...5696, Code 1923), and no question presented on former appeal is of controlling interest here. Davis v. Louisville & Nashville R. R. Co., 232 Ala. 382, 168 So. 449. Under plaintiff's theory of the case her intestate was struck and killed by defendant's train at a public street crossing in th......
  • First Nat. Bank v. Hartwell, 1 Div. 909
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Alabama
    • May 21, 1936
    ...This section evidences testator's purpose for an equitable conversion, and that he did not die intestate as to any of his properties; [168 So. 449.] that the residue, after paying specific bequests, shall go and be paid pro rata to those taking under the will, and that their respective lega......
2 cases
  • Louisville & N.R. Co. v. Davis, 6 Div. 140.
    • United States
    • Alabama Supreme Court
    • February 17, 1938
    ...5696, Code 1923), and no question presented on former appeal is of controlling interest here. Davis v. Louisville & Nashville R. R. Co., 232 Ala. 382, 168 So. 449. Under plaintiff's theory of the case her intestate was struck and killed by defendant's train at a public street crossing in th......
  • First Nat. Bank v. Hartwell, 1 Div. 909
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Alabama
    • May 21, 1936
    ...This section evidences testator's purpose for an equitable conversion, and that he did not die intestate as to any of his properties; [168 So. 449.] that the residue, after paying specific bequests, shall go and be paid pro rata to those taking under the will, and that their respective lega......

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