February 20, 1996
Appeal from the Supreme Court, Nassau County (DeMaro, J.).
Ordered that the order is reversed, on the law, with one bill of costs, the appellants' motion for summary judgment is granted, the complaint and all counterclaims and cross claims are dismissed insofar as they are asserted against them, and the action against the remaining defendant is severed.
The plaintiff Antonio Sorrentino was injured when he was struck while riding his bicycle by a vehicle operated by the defendant Barbara Wild. The collision occurred after Antonio turned the corner onto Brooklyn Avenue from Pine Street in Baldwin. The plaintiffs alleged in their complaint that the height of a hedge on the appellants' corner property violated a Town of Hempstead ordinance and contributed to the accident by obscuring Antonio's view of the intersection. The appellants moved for summary judgment on the ground that there was no evidence that the height of the hedge was a proximate cause of the accident.
While proximate cause is generally a jury question ( see, Rios v. Theodore, 213 A.D.2d 617), the plaintiffs must establish prima facie that the alleged negligence was a substantial cause of the events which produced the injured plaintiff's injuries ( see, Derdiarian v. Felix Contr. Corp., 51 N.Y.2d 308, 315). We conclude that the parties' deposition testimony refutes the claim that the height of the hedge was a proximate cause of this accident ( see, McSweeney v. Rogan, 209 A.D.2d 386; cf., Ferrer v. Harris, 55 N.Y.2d 285; Woznick v. Santora, 184 A.D.2d 692). Wild specifically testified that her view was not obstructed. Although Antonio stated that the hedge obscured his view of Brooklyn Avenue when he was on Pine Street about 50 feet from the intersection, he was able to see two cars located around the corner in the parking lane on Brooklyn Avenue after he traveled closer to the intersection, and he indicated that the parked cars interfered with his view at the intersection. Furthermore, the accident occurred after Antonio turned the corner, which was past the point where the hedge would have obscured his view ( see, e.g., McSweeney v. Rogan, supra). Accordingly, we conclude that the court erred in denying the appellants' motion for summary judgment. O'Brien, J.P., Sullivan, Copertino and Joy, JJ., concur.