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Jordan v. Jordan
Virginia Supreme Court
257 S.E.2d 761 (1979)
John Jordan (plaintiff) and Lena Jordan (defendant), husband and wife, visited the home of one of Lena’s friends. John left the house after Lena told him she was not ready to leave. Lena used the front door to leave the house 45 to 50 minutes later. She looked for but did not see John and assumed he was angry and had walked home. Lena got in her car and backed up to avoid a hole in the driveway and a parked truck. Lena did not look behind her or use her rearview mirror before backing up the car. Lena’s car hit John, who had been squatting behind the car and stood up only when he heard the engine start. The car ran over John, causing him to suffer a broken leg, a fractured hip, and minor injuries. John brought a negligence action against Lena. The jury found in favor of John. Lena appealed, arguing that there was insufficient evidence to establish actionable negligence.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)
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