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Menlo Park: Softer defense rhetoric in lawsuit over crash that injured twins

Original post made on Mar 5, 2014

A new tone appeared in the latest defense filings in a lawsuit over the car crash that pinned 6-year-old twin brothers against a downtown wall in Menlo Park. The defense now asserts the family wasn't at fault and deserves compensation.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 8:24 PM

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Posted by Elsie Floriani
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 5, 2014 at 12:36 pm

To even have had the nerve to blame those innocent children for this tragedy, merely walking on a pedestrian sidewalk at the time, was simply ludicrous--actually outrageous! I am happy the attorneys have seen fit to acknowledge the absurdity of that claim and compensate this family for the very serious injuries that will no doubt have lifetime consequences.


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Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Mar 5, 2014 at 2:42 pm

I second reader Elsie Floriani's comments. Well said.

I'm wondering if perhaps after reading the dozens of reader comments left with each publication of well-to-do Woodside attorney Ed Nelson's heinous act, that well-to-do Woodside attorney Ed Nelson and his team of shysters sensed the outrage and disbelief of the community, and decided it would be better to step up to the plate and fess up to this matter, as well-to-do Woodside attorney Ed Nelson should have done in the first place.

Kudos to the Cadigan family for their persistence in this matter. My heart goes out to them for all they have suffered since well-to-do Woodside attorney Ed Nelson ran over their children, causing very serious injuries "...that will no doubt have lifetime consequences", as reader Floriani observes, and with which I agree.

Does anyone happen to know the name of the San Mateo County Superior Court Judge who initially denied the Cadigan's first request? I would love to write him/her a letter, asking just how much behind-the-scenes, good-old-boy politics played a part in denying the Cadigan's first request. Just askin'... : )





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Posted by Harriet
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 5, 2014 at 4:02 pm

When the door is "slammed in your face" keep pushing. Kudos to the family to keep pursuing.

Hope all turns out well for the family years from now.


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Mar 5, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Sandy, you said: "Documents initially filed in opposition to the Cadigan family's lawsuit claimed the children were engaged in behavior that was reckless, careless and negligent, and voluntarily placed themselves in danger by walking along the sidewalk."
I searched those initial documents filed by Nelson and found no instances of "sidewalk". Case CIV525266 Web Link


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Posted by Tom
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 5, 2014 at 10:49 pm

Its NOT an accident. An accident is if lightening hits you or a tree falls on you. Driving down the sidewalk is human error, not an accident. Human error that results in physical injury is negligence.

If they want to reward acts of negligence that's a different story. Maybe they should also empty the prisons of anyone who says they 'didn't mean to do it'.


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Posted by Love a Little
a resident of Woodside: other
on Mar 6, 2014 at 3:08 pm

This is and was a great tragedy. I am deeply saddened at the weeks and weeks of Schadenfreude. I would everything to bet this is not how a 90 year old man wanted to end a long life.

This is only sad. For everyone; try remembering that.


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Posted by no sympathy
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 6, 2014 at 5:20 pm

I lost all sympathy for the perp when he accused the kids of getting in the way of his SUV when he was driving on the sidewalk. He is a lawyer himself and surely knew exactly how his legal team was trying to intimidate the victims. Hopefully he will pay up soon instead of dragging this case through the courts for years.


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Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Mar 6, 2014 at 7:05 pm

Thank you, no sympathy. We are on the same page. Well-to-do Woodside attorney Ed Nelson and his legal team knew exactly what they were doing when trying to intimidate the victims. What a sad commentary. Shame on well-to-do Woodside attorney Ed Nelson and his team of shysters for their cowardly tactics.


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Posted by Shawn
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Mar 6, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Would Mr. Nelson feel the same way if that were HIS grandchildren and the driver was someone else?


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