Lewis v. Zell, 6 Div. 24

CourtSupreme Court of Alabama
Writing for the CourtLAWSON; LIVINGSTON
Citation181 So.2d 101,279 Ala. 33
Decision Date16 December 1965
Docket Number6 Div. 24
PartiesClidie Payne LEWIS v. R. B. ZELL.

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181 So.2d 101
279 Ala. 33
Clidie Payne LEWIS
v.
R. B. ZELL.
6 Div. 24.
Supreme Court of Alabama.
Dec. 16, 1965.

[279 Ala. 34]

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London, Yancey, Clark & Allen, Birmingham, for appellant.

D. G. Ewing and Jas. C. Manning, Birmingham, for appellee Zell.

Davies, Williams & Wallace, Birmingham, for Motors Ins. Corp.

LAWSON, Justice.

R. B. Zell brought this suit in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County against Clidie Payne Lewis. Zell's amended complaint contained two counts. Count One was based on negligence and Count Two charged wantonness. In both counts the plaintiff sought to recover for expenses incurred by him in the treatment of injuries sustained by his minor daughter, Margaret Katherine Zell, which resulted from a collision of plaintiff's automobile, which [279 Ala. 35] was being driven by Margaret, and an automobile driven by the defendant. In both counts the plaintiff also sought to recover for the loss of his daughter's services and companionship, for the damage done to his automobile, and for the expense he incurred in hiring an automobile while his was being repaired.

Motors Insurance Corporation was the collision insurance carrier on the automobile of the plaintiff, R. B. Zell, and paid him the sum of $861.37 for the damage which his automobile sustained as a result

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of the collision. After R. B. Zell filed his suit, Motors Insurance Corporation filed its petition to intervene as a party plaintiff in order to claim its damages from the defendant. The petition to intervene was granted and Motors Insurance Corporation filed its complaint, which contained only one count, wherein intervenor claimed damages from the defendant on the charge of negligence. In its amended complaint, the intervenor claimed $861.37 from the defendant.

The defendant pleaded the general issue in short by consent in the usual form.

There was a verdict in favor of the plaintiff, R. B. Zell, in the amount of $3,500 and a verdict for the intervenor in the sum of $861.37. Judgments followed the verdicts.

The defendant filed a motion for new trial wherein she asserted error by the trial court as to the judgment of $3,500 in favor of the plaintiff, R. B. Zell. No mention was made of the verdict and judgment in favor of the intervenor.

The motion for new trial was overruled. The defendant below appealed to this court from the judgment rendered against her in favor of the plaintiff, R. B. Zell. Notice was given the intervenor in compliance with § 804, Title 7, Code 1940, and intervenor has filed a brief in this court.

The defendant contends that the trial court erred in refusing to give the general affirmative charge with hypothesis as to the wanton count duly requested in writing by her.

In considering the question as to whether there was evidence from which the jury could find for the plaintiff on the wanton count, we must consider the evidence in the light most favorable to the plaintiff. Johnson v. Sexton, 277 Ala. 627, 173 So.2d 790.

The collision occurred at the intersection of 19th Street South and 29th Avenue South, at about 5:00 P.M. on the afternoon of Sunday, December 11, 1960. 19th Street runs north and south, while 29th Avenue, a main thoroughfare in the City of Homewood, at the point of collision runs east and west, although it is a link in that part of U. S. Highway 31, which runs generally in a northerly and southerly direction between Birmingham and Montgomery. There was a traffic signal light at the intersection, which the evidence tends to show is located in a prominent and busy section of Homewood. The City Hall is on the southeast corner of the intersection; on the northeast corner is a bank or building and loan association building; on the southwest corner is an eating establishment; and on the northwest corner a newspaper building. It is without dispute that just prior to the collision the automobile of plaintiff, which had been proceeding in a northerly direction on 19th Street, was stopped by its driver, plaintiff's daughter, awaiting the traffic signal light facing her to turn green. After that light turned to green, plaintiff's automobile was driven across the intersection at a speed of about ten miles an hour and it had reached the northernmost of the four lanes on 29th...

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  • Henderson By and Through Hartsfield v. Alabama Power Co.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Alabama
    • June 25, 1993
    ...and while conscious that, from the doing of such act or the omission of such duty, injury will likely or probably result." Lewis v. Zell, 279 Ala. 33, 36, 181 So.2d 101, 104 (1965). Wantonness will be found where the evidence demonstrates "that with reckless indifference to the consequences......
  • Carr v. International Refining & Mfg. Co., 1070770.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Alabama
    • January 16, 2009
    ...[277 Ala. 627, 173 So.2d 790] [(1965)]."'" (quoting Roberts v. Brown, 384 So.2d 1047, 1048 (Ala.1980), quoting in turn Lewis v. Zell, 279 Ala. 33, 36, 181 So.2d 101, 104 5. Although it may be suggested that the new defendants engaged in the intentional act of engineering, designing, develop......
  • Carr v. International Refining & Manufacturing Company, No. 1070770 (Ala. 11/13/2008), No. 1070770.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Alabama
    • November 13, 2008
    ...[277 Ala. 627, 173 So. 2d 790] [(1965)]."`" (quoting Roberts v. Brown, 384 So. 2d 1047, 1048 (Ala. 1980), quoting in turn Lewis v. Zell, 279 Ala. 33, 36, 181 So. 2d 101, 104 6. Although it may be suggested that the new defendants engaged in the intentional act of engineering, designing, dev......
  • Rogan v. City of Los Angeles, No. CV 85-0989 RJK (Mcx).
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 9th Circuit. United States District Courts. 9th Circuit. Central District of California
    • July 20, 1987
    ...Keeton, D. Dobbs, R. Keeton & D. Owen, Prosser and Keeton on the Law of Torts, section 34, at 214 (5th Ed.1984); see, e.g., Lewis v. Zell, 279 Ala. 33, 181 So.2d 101 (1965). Such is the case here. Plaintiff was subjected to the pain and humiliation of being arrested, handcuffed, searched, b......
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  • Henderson By and Through Hartsfield v. Alabama Power Co.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Alabama
    • June 25, 1993
    ...and while conscious that, from the doing of such act or the omission of such duty, injury will likely or probably result." Lewis v. Zell, 279 Ala. 33, 36, 181 So.2d 101, 104 (1965). Wantonness will be found where the evidence demonstrates "that with reckless indifference to the consequences......
  • Carr v. International Refining & Mfg. Co., 1070770.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Alabama
    • January 16, 2009
    ...[277 Ala. 627, 173 So.2d 790] [(1965)]."'" (quoting Roberts v. Brown, 384 So.2d 1047, 1048 (Ala.1980), quoting in turn Lewis v. Zell, 279 Ala. 33, 36, 181 So.2d 101, 104 5. Although it may be suggested that the new defendants engaged in the intentional act of engineering, designing, develop......
  • Carr v. International Refining & Manufacturing Company, No. 1070770 (Ala. 11/13/2008), No. 1070770.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Alabama
    • November 13, 2008
    ...[277 Ala. 627, 173 So. 2d 790] [(1965)]."`" (quoting Roberts v. Brown, 384 So. 2d 1047, 1048 (Ala. 1980), quoting in turn Lewis v. Zell, 279 Ala. 33, 36, 181 So. 2d 101, 104 6. Although it may be suggested that the new defendants engaged in the intentional act of engineering, designing, dev......
  • Rogan v. City of Los Angeles, No. CV 85-0989 RJK (Mcx).
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 9th Circuit. United States District Courts. 9th Circuit. Central District of California
    • July 20, 1987
    ...Keeton, D. Dobbs, R. Keeton & D. Owen, Prosser and Keeton on the Law of Torts, section 34, at 214 (5th Ed.1984); see, e.g., Lewis v. Zell, 279 Ala. 33, 181 So.2d 101 (1965). Such is the case here. Plaintiff was subjected to the pain and humiliation of being arrested, handcuffed, searched, b......
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