Jury Awards $8.6 Million in Motorcycle-Pig Crash

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) - A Monterey County jury has awarded $8.6
million to a motorcyclist who was severely injured when he struck six wild boars on a state highway.

The jury ruled Friday that the state was responsible for Adam Rogers' injuries, because it knew about the ongoing problem with pigs crossing Highway 1, but did nothing to address it.

The 45-year-old former karate teacher and his wife sued the state Department of Transportation over the September 2003 crash near Carmel.

DOT attorneys argued that the state wasn't responsible for the actions of wild animals and said Rogers was under the influence when he struck them.

Most of the money will go toward Rogers' medical care. The former champion kick boxer is confined to a wheelchair.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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