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$23.7 million awarded in ‘dangerous intersection’ death

A jury found the city of Los Angeles primarily liable for a traffic collision that killed a scientist in San Pedro three years ago.

The jury awarded $23.7 million to the widow and young son of Thomas Guilmette, a 59-year-old Northrop Grumman employee who died three years ago after his motorcycle struck a car that had inched into traffic on a busy avenue in northwest San Pedro.

Attorneys for Guilmette’s family argued that he would not have died if the intersection had been properly designed. The jury found the city 95% liable for his death, attorney Don Liddy said.

Drivers waiting on Cabrillo to turn left onto Summerland were forced to edge into oncoming traffic to peer around a blind corner, attorneys said. Cars parked on the street and a hill just before the intersection made it difficult for drivers to see each other on both streets.

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