Man Sues LA Phil After Car Crash Near Hollywood Bowl

Aninda Biswas says he was given walking instructions by a parking lot attendant who told him to cross Pilgrimage Bridge to get to a concert at the Bowl. He was struck by a car on his way back from a concert in 2011, according to the complaint.

A negligence lawsuit was filed Wednesday against the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association Inc. by a Burbank man who was hit by a car while returning to his vehicle after a Dolly Parton concert at the Hollywood Bowl last summer.

The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit also lists Aninda Biswas's wife, Pamela Weissinger, as a plaintiff suing for loss of consortium. They are seeking unspecified damages.

An LA Phil spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to the suit, Biswas, his father-in-law, Allan Weissinger, and a neighbor, Theresa Sobocinski, went to the Hollywood Bowl to attend the Parton concert on July 23, 2011, but inadequate parking space there forced them to drive to the nearby John Anson Ford Theater.

Parking at the Ford Theater is supervised and controlled by the LA Phil, the suit states.

Unfamiliar with the area, the trio requested information about walking directions to the Hollywood Bowl and were told by a Ford Theater parking attendant to walk along the Pilgrimage Bridge that spans the Hollywood (101) Freeway, according to the suit.

"Although it was indicated that the Pilgrimage Bridge was prohibited to pedestrian traffic, and although this point was raised by (Biswas) ... said employee directed and instructed (Biswas) ... to use the Pilgrimage Bridge as a way to get to the Hollywood Bowl," the suit states.

The three made it to the Hollywood Bowl safely, attended the concert and were returning to the Ford Theater parking lot when Biswas was struck by a car, according to the complaint.

Biswas, who suffered numerous fractures, facial trauma and dental injuries, underwent shoulder surgery, had one foot placed in a cast and endured months of physical therapy, according to his court papers.

george July 26, 2012 at 12:50 AM
The Ford staff are paid minimally and are not qualified to direct anyone off their property. But common sense is the question here. It's unfortunate that Biswas was severely injured but the attendant didn't cause the accident. Were there no shuttle buses? And the Ford is a pretty good distance from the Bowl. Too many possibilities and unanswered questions here. There's been plenty of time for an investigation, where are statements from both sides?
Scott Zwartz July 26, 2012 at 04:03 PM
This is one example of the harm that is caused by a City Council who promoted deficient parking all over Hollywood in the inept belief that they can force people to use the subway or the buses to attend Hollywood venues. One of the minor complaints in the lawsuit against the Hollywood Community Plan is that Garcetti knows about teh 50,000 to 60,000 influx of patrons to Hollywood and makes no reasonable provision to build an infrastructure that makes Hollywood safe. Since the plaintiffs failed to submit a claim to the City as a negligent party creating the dangerous situation on its property, the plaintiffs cannot now sue the City. A CCP 128.7 Motion is in order for suing the LA Phil because of the opinion of a parking lot attendant unless they decked him out in a costume that had large lettering saying, "LA Phil employee whose official job is to give you Safe walking directions to the Hollywood Bowl." Ten to 1, the defense will charge LA Phil atorney fees up the ying yang and won't serve the 128.7 motion so that the Plaintiffs will have to pay the LA Phil's atty fees.
David Markland July 27, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Blame lies on the driver or the pedestrians. Period. Anything else is an abuse of litigation. The Bowl itself has done a great job of promoting not only public transit, but also shuttles from Hollywood and Highland. Being rewarded for blaming a parking lot attendant is an insanely bad precedent. Putting any sort of responsibility of being hit on the L.A. Phil is frivolous at its core.
Joan July 28, 2012 at 05:15 AM
That bridge is well signed and off limits to pedestrians. The Plantiffs are presenting themselves as complete idiots to not see the obvious walkway to the bowl ... walking down Cahuenga and over to Highland. Everyone else was doing that, I am positive. These unfortunates couldn't muster up enough sense to follow the leader? They don't have an inner compass or enough common sense to know how to get to a destination they can see across the street? The Lot they chose to park in is the cheapest. I have parked there many times and there is a 10 minute walk that goes with that Lot. They took a shortcut and didn't watch for cars. The LA Phil is not responsible for these fools poor decision. They are lucky to be okay. They should count their blessings and get a caretaker. Clearly, they are lucky to have made it this far in life.


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