Jury awards $500,800 to man injured in accident PASADENA

April 28, 1993

An Anne Arundel Circuit Court jury awarded a 42-year-old Pasadena man $500,800 in damages yesterday for injuries suffered more than two years ago when he backed his car into a ditch maintained by Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.

The ditch, dug by an independent contractor to maintain the utility's underground cables, was left "unguarded, unposted and unprotected" for five months before the accident and was difficult to see, argued a lawyer for Michael W. Corradetti of the 8000 block of Ventnor Road.

Mr. Corradetti, a former supervisor for a home improvement company, has been unable to work, has had several operations and faces a "future of unemployment and certain pain" as a result of the accident in October 1990, said T. Joseph Touhey, the lawyer.

The verdict followed seven hours of deliberation by a jury of six men that heard arguments focusing on whose negligence caused the accident during the week-long trial before Judge Bruce C. Williams.

Attorneys for BG&E said many motorists had used the road and the driveway before the accident without backing into the ditch and that Mr. Corradetti may have caused the accident himself by backing up too fast.

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