Submitted April 18, 2001.
May 7, 2001.
In an action to recover damages for personal injuries, the defendants appeal from an order of the Supreme Court, Richmond County (J. Leone, J.), dated July 12, 2000, which granted the plaintiff's motion pursuant to CPLR 3126 to strike their answer.
Connors Connors, P.C., Staten Island, N.Y. (John P. Connors, Jr., and Marie E. Cannon of counsel), for appellants.
Before: BRACKEN, P.J., FRIEDMANN, FLORIO, H. MILLER and TOWNES, JJ.
ORDERED that the order is affirmed, without costs or disbursements.
The Supreme Court providently exercised its discretion in granting the plaintiff's motion pursuant to CPLR 3126 to strike the defendants' answer based on the defendants' spoliation of evidence (see, DiDomenico v. C S Aeromatik Supplies, 252 A.D.2d 41; cf., Abenante v. Star Gas Corp., 278 A.D.2d 438).