Wardenburg v. White, 35773

CourtCourt of Appeal of Missouri (US)
Citation518 S.W.2d 152
Docket NumberNo. 35773,35773
PartiesEvelyn WARDENBURG, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. Marvin David WHITE, Defendant-Respondent. . Louis District, Division Three
Decision Date17 December 1974

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518 S.W.2d 152
Evelyn WARDENBURG, Plaintiff-Appellant,
Marvin David WHITE, Defendant-Respondent.
No. 35773.
Missouri Court of Appeals, St. Louis District, Division Three.
Dec. 17, 1974.
Motion for Rehearing or Transfer to Court En Banc or
Transfer to Supreme Court
Denied Jan. 14, 1975.

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Samuel Goldblatt, William R. Kirby, St. Louis, for plaintiff-appellant.

Carter, Brinker & Doyen, John G. Doyen, Clayton, for defendant-respondent.


Plaintiff, Evelyn Wardenburg, appeals from a judgment entered by the Circuit Court of St. Louis County, Missouri, on a jury verdict which found defendant not guilty of negligence. Her claim for personal injuries arose from an automobile collision between the car in which she was riding and the automobile being operated by defendant.

To convict the trial court of error, plaintiff contends that (1) the court wrongfully rejected her instruction which submitted a negligent failure of defendant to swerve so as to avoid the collision and (2) the court prejudiced her case by its improper conduct toward her attorney in the presence of the jury. We find no error in either regard and affirm the judgment.

The collision occurred at the intersection of Page Boulevard, an east-west thoroughfare, and Woodson Road, a north-south thoroughfare, in St. Louis County. At this intersection Page Boulevard is controlled by an electric light standard and has eight lanes of traffic--four for westbound traffic and four for eastbound traffic. Looking westwardly from Page, the furthermost south lane (next to the median) is used for left-turning southbound traffic onto Woodson Road. The other three lanes continue on westwardly; however, the curb lane could be used for right-turning northbound traffic onto Woodson Road. Facing north, Woodson also has four lanes of traffic; the westernmost lane for left-turning westbound traffic; the two center lanes for northbound traffic, and a curb lane used exclusively for right-turning eastbound traffic. On both streets each traffic lane is ten (10) feet wide.

On the day in question plaintiff was a passenger in a northbound automobile on Woodson Road being operated by her daughter. Although the daughter's speed was disputed by other witnesses, plaintiff's daughter testified that she was driving in the lane next to the curb lane at a speed of twenty miles per hour. As her car approached the intersection with Page Boulevard, the traffic control turned from green to amber. When the Wardenburg car reached the median line of Page, the traffic control turned red for northbound traffic. The collision occurred between the two vehicles in the curb lane for westbound traffic on Page. The front end of defendant's car damaged the right front door of the Wardenburg automobile.

Defendant was traveling west on Page in the curb lane. Prior to the collision he had stopped for a red light at Woodson for westbound traffic. To his immediate left (south) there was backed-up traffic in all three...

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