November 23, 2014
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California jury has awarded $25 million to the family of a 4-year-old girl who was run over twice by a hit-and-run driver.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/HEgZmr ) says Riverside County jurors made the award Friday in a lawsuit filed against the driver by relatives of Mireyli Gomez.
Attorney Greg Owens says the girl was playing in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Rubidoux in June of 2010 when a motorist backed over her with a GMC Envoy, then pulled forward and ran over her again before speeding off.
The girl had a shattered pelvis and spent several months in the hospital.
Hugo Aguirre later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor hit-and-run causing injury. No attorney was listed in court documents for him.