the internal bleeding caused by the crash. He moaned and moved a bit in his seat immediately after the impact, but he was in full cardiac arrest when he was removed from his automobile, and he was never revived. His medical expenses for these services came to a total of $ 5,207.50 These expenses were reasonable and were incurred as a result of the accident. They are recoverable against the defendant.
16. The funeral expenses and expenses for winding up Mr. Groves personal affairs and administering his estate came to a total of $ 25,976.76. These expenses are reasonable and are recoverable against the defendant.
17. Mr. Groves was employed by ABC as a producer working on the production of investigative reports for the network. It is clear from the evidence that he had an extremely promising career ahead of him in television production. He had won an unprecedented number of awards (18) for someone his age, including some of the most prestigious awards his industry had to offer. Among the awards he won was the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for excellence in broadcast journalism.
18. The Court credits the testimony of the witnesses who had worked with Mr. Groves who found him to be very talented, intelligent, personable, creative, and competent. The Court finds that Mr. Groves had the ambition and energy to carry him wherever his talents would lead him in the production of television programs.
19. The Court finds that given the number of positions available and the qualities Mr. Groves displayed during his admittedly brief career with ABC (some 4 months), he would have risen at least to the level of senior producer during his career.
20. While network television has had some problems in the recent past, the Court finds television news is a staple of the industry and will be around for many years.
21. The Court finds that Mr. Groves was an extraordinary talent and had an excellent career ahead of him. In making its finding, the Court has taken into account the fact that Mr. Groves was hired at a time when the networks were downsizing their operations and there was a surplus of capable and indeed more experienced network news producers. Despite the retrenchment in the industry, Mr. Groves was hired at ABC and was also given an offer at CBS, a network that was laying off unprecedented numbers of highly experienced employees. What is more, his talents were considered of such a high calibre that one of the most prestigious talent agencies accepted him as a client.
22. In short, Robert Groves was truly an extraordinary young man who had accomplished much in his 29 years. That he was hired as a network producer at that young age is evidence of the great future that this young man had.
23. At the trial a number of experts testified as to the future earning capacity of someone of Robert Groves' age, experience and talent.
24. The Court finds that Robert Groves would have earned $ 4,606,823 during his 33 working years (based on statistical worklife).
25. The total economic loss suffered, taking into account the present value of said lost earnings as well as other expenses, is $ 1,336,431. The Court has discounted this amount by 10% ($ 1,202,787.90) to reflect the risk that Mr. Groves might not have attained the levels projected by those who testified to his outstanding career prospects.
26. The Court credits the testimony that notes Mr. Groves was not killed instantly and that he did incur pain and suffering that is compensable.
27. The amount of damages sustained in this case is $ 1.25 million.
II. Conclusions of Law
28. Officer Robinson was acting in the ordinary course of his employment when his car collided with the car owned and operated by Robert Groves. Officer Robinson was negligent in the operation of the police cruiser. Said negligence was the proximate cause of the lethal injury sustained by Robert Groves.
29. Robert Groves was not contributorily negligent. He complied with the traffic signals at all times. He operated his vehicle with due care, in accordance with the standards required by law.
30. The Court concludes that the defendant is liable to the plaintiff for damages in the amount of $ 1.25 million. An order granting judgment in that amount shall be entered against the defendant.
ORDER - October 28, 1991, Filed
On October 28, 1991, this Court issued an opinion in the above matter. It is hereby
ORDERED that a judgment in the amount of $ 1.25 million be entered against the defendant in favor of the plaintiff.
[SEE APPENDIX 1 IN ORIGINAL]