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Krause v. Sacramento

Supreme Court of California
Apr 1, 1874
48 Cal. 221 (Cal. 1874)


         Appeal from the District Court of the Sixth Judicial District, County of Sacramento.

         The plaintiff appealed.


          Edgerton & Smith, for Appellant.

          McKune & Welty, for Respondent.

         JUDGES: Rhodes, J.


          RHODES, Judge

         It is alleged in the complaint that a certain sidewalk was being constructed in said city " at the instance of defendant; " that it was being constructed on a grade of about eight feet above the old sidewalk; that while it was being so constructed, it was suffered by the defendant to be left in such a condition that at the end thereof, there was an abrupt declivity of about eight feet; that the defendant suffered it to be left without any lights or barriers; and that the plaintiff, in traveling along said sidewalk, in the night, was precipitated from the end of said sidewalk, and thereby suffered great bodily injuries, etc. The demurrer to the complaint was sustained.

         It is not expressly alleged that the city was itself doing the work mentioned, but only that it was being done at the instance of the defendant. The Charter of 1863 (Stats. 1863, p. 433, Sec. 52 and following) does not provide for such work being done directly by the city; but the provisions are, so far as we have noticed, that work in the improvements of streets is to be done by contract, except in certain cases where the Street Commissioner requires it to be done by the owners of the adjacent lots. If the work was being done by a contractor, or the owners of adjacent lots--and in view of the provisions of the charter, the complaint must be construed as averring that the work was being done in one of those modes--the negligence charged in the complaint was not that of the city, but of the contractor or lot owners; and under the rule in O'Hale v. Sacramento, ante p. 212, and cases there cited, the city is not liable for the injuries sustained by the plaintiff.

         Judgment affirmed.

Summaries of

Krause v. Sacramento

Supreme Court of California
Apr 1, 1874
48 Cal. 221 (Cal. 1874)
Case details for

Krause v. Sacramento

Case Details


Court:Supreme Court of California

Date published: Apr 1, 1874


48 Cal. 221 (Cal. 1874)

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