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City Reaches Settlement Agreement in Pedestrian Death Case

A settlement was announced on Tuesday, March 21, between the city of Glendale and relatives of an 80-year-old woman who was run over and killed while crossing a street in late 2018.
Novar Ismailyan was out Christmas shopping on the night of Dec. 21, 2018, when she was struck by a car at Glenoaks Boulevard and Linden Avenue.
The plaintiffs in the Los Angeles Superior Court suit filed in August 2019 are the woman’s husband, Sheram Nadimyan, and the couple’s children, who alleged the intersection was in a dangerous condition that included poor lighting and lane striping, as well as insufficient warnings to drivers that pedestrians could be in the area.
Jury deliberations had been underway in the trial when Judge Frederick Shaller informed the panel of the accord on Tuesday and dismissed its members.
The woman’s relatives had previously settled the portions of the case against the car’s driver, Mira Gjura, and her employer, Lyft Inc. None of the terms in the settlements were divulged.
In their court papers, attorneys for Lyft and Gjura agreed that the intersection was unsafe and maintained that Ismailyan herself was negligent, while Glendale’s lawyers countered that the intersection was not dangerous and that Gjura fled the scene of the accident, stopping a few blocks away to wipe off debris from her vehicle.

— City News Service

First published in the March 25 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.

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