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Published on Nov 14, 2011
Frank Pitre and Ara Jabagchourian Mazurek v. American Medical Response
WINNING JUSTICE FOR A FAMILY AFTER AN INADEQUATE POLICE INVESTIGATION
Michael Mazurek, a high-ranking naval surgeon and a married father of three, was riding his bicycle to work when he was struck by an emergency response vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was making a right turn into a shopping center parking lot without signaling while Mazurek was attempting to pass on the right. Mazurek was hospitalized for three weeks before dying of injuries stemming from the crash. The police report determined Mazurek was at fault for the crash, but Mazurek's survivors did not believe he would have put himself at risk and jeopardized leaving his family without a husband and father. Attorneys Frank Pitre and Ara Jabagchourian interviewed witnesses who had not been interviewed by police and hired experts who revealed the inadequacy of the police investigation. A jury took issue with the driver's account of events and the defense team's portrayal of the evidence and returned what is believed to be the largest-ever individual wrongful death verdict in San Diego County, finding the driver 75 percent liable for the crash. The case serves as a reminder that inadequate investigations of wrongdoing can produce misleading results with devastating consequences.