A mid-trial settlement was reached Friday in a lawsuit brought by a woman and her mother against the city of Beverly Hills stemming from injuries they suffered during a 2017 traffic collision with a police car.
Lawyers announced the resolution to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Frederick C. Shaller not long after 44-year-old Farnaz Vojdani had completed her testimony.
She described in detail to the jury how her life is still impacted by the accident that occurred about 9 p.m. on Aug. 29, 2017, at Rexford Drive and Burton Way when on-duty Officer Alfredo Eudave’s police vehicle collided with the front of her car, causing injuries to her head, neck and back.
Vojdani said the incident was like an “atomic bomb” in her life.
“I have financial difficulties right now,” added Vojdani, who appeared in pain during her testimony and took turns sitting down and standing up at different times while on the stand.
Vojdani’s mother, Soror Azizgolshani, then age 72, was a passenger in her daughter’s car. She was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after the collision with complaints of pain to her neck, left shoulder and right knee.
Azizgolshani has since suffered a brain hemorrhage and worsening dementia, according to the plaintiffs’ attorneys’ court papers, which state that the woman’s cognitive abilities have deteriorated and her memory has worsened.
The city admitted liability in the case, which was filed in June 2018, and the trial was held to determine damages. The terms of the settlement were not divulged.