Norfolk County Superior Court Jury Hands Down $12 Million Verdict Today

Press Release – July 23, 2010

A Norfolk County Superior Court jury handed down a verdict today in the amount of twelve million ($12,000,000.00) dollars in favor of two brothers, Douglas and Joseph Homsi of Needham, Massachusetts.  The Homsi brothers were injured on the morning of December 10, 2006 when a 1999 Lexus, driven by Vittorio C. Gentile, Jr., 29, of 16 Andrea Drive of Canton, crossed the double yellow lines on Route 138 in Milton, Massachusetts, colliding head on with a car occupied by the Homsi brothers.  Douglas Homsi, the driver, suffered traumatic brain injury in the collision and sustained a stroke the following week leaving him partially paralyzed and unable to speak to this day.  His younger brother, Joseph Homsi, has been mentally retarded since birth, and up until the motor vehicle accident was cared for by his elder brother, Doug.  Verdicts were also handed down in the same amount against the owners of the Lexus, Lydia Gentile and Vittorio Gentile of 139 Porter Street, Westwood, Massachusetts, the grandparents of the driver, on theories of negligent entrustment, agency and negligent failure to secure a motor vehicle.

“The Homsi brothers’ lives were devastated by this motor vehicle accident,” said Howard S. Goldman of Goldman & Pease LLC, of Needham, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs.  “Douglas Homsi needs round the clock care in a nursing home here in Needham, just a few short miles where he once lived.  And Joe, who used to go everywhere with his older brother, is now bereft of his life long companion.  He keeps asking when can Doug come home.”

“The verdict is a testament to the perspicacity of the hard-working jury,” said Attorney Brian Burke of Worcester, who actually tried the case.  “This jury really wanted to find the truth about the responsibility of all three defendants.”

Douglas Homsi was awarded $9,500,000; Joseph Homsi who suffered less serious physical injuries in the crash, recovered $2,500,000.  The entire Homsi family is grateful that justice was done.

Contact:  Howard S. Goldman (781) 292-1080