4-Year-Old on Trial for Bike Accident

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - She might have been too young for grade school,
but a judge says a New York City girl was old enough to be sued
over a bicycle accident that happened when she was 4.

A Manhattan judge refused earlier this month to toss out negligence claims against Juliet Breitman. She, her mother and others are being sued by the estate of a woman who said she was severely hurt when hit by bicycles that Juliet and a boy were racing down a sidewalk in April 2009.

The woman, Claire Menagh, died later that year.

Juliet was three months shy of 5. The judge says there's no evidence a child of that age couldn't appreciate "the danger of riding a bicycle into an elderly woman."

Lawyers for those involved didn't immediately return calls Friday night.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by rodsmith on Nov 1, 2010 at 06:12 PM
    who know! JW we agree on one thing at least. The people involved in this from the ones who filed the papers to the judge retarded enough to allow it need to be locked up to protect themselves
  • by JW Location: Dothan on Oct 30, 2010 at 11:20 PM
    So this is what it's coming to, huh? Suing a four year old child....really? How utterly absurd and ridiculous!
  • by Uneva Location: Enterprise, AL on Oct 30, 2010 at 06:50 PM
    Everyone involved in said prosecution should be barred from ever again having anything judicial to do with law. Even considering the thought of suing a four-year-old is absolutely asinine and idiotic.
  • by lea Location: enterprise on Oct 30, 2010 at 03:59 PM
    wow.... how crazy is this...what do they think they can do?? take away the poor kids tricycle??..come on folks its time our government stops these foolish court cases ..this is why our country is so messed up.
  • by A Mommy Location: Dothan on Oct 30, 2010 at 08:55 AM
    Wow, a four year old. America needs to stop the hate and lets get back to loving one another. This is crazy!
  • by Tony A. Brannen Location: Panama City on Oct 29, 2010 at 07:56 PM
    This is a prime example of our judicial system favoring the lawyers instead of common sense. God help us, please.
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