Jury Awards Woman in Bus-Truck Crash $31.9M

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Sacramento County jury has awarded nearly $32 million to a woman who was paralyzed and suffered brain damage in a 2010 traffic collision.

The Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/18M2sSB ) reports Saturday that jurors found Silva Trucking must pay 56-year-old Debra Hackett $31.9 million.

Hackett was driving an 18-passenger bus on Highway 12 about 30 miles south of Sacramento when she collided with a big-rig that had jackknifed in front of her from the opposite direction.

She was made a paraplegic, suffered skull and facial fractures and traumatic brain injury. Hackett's husband was awarded $3 million.

Silva Trucking, which employed the truck driver, didn't dispute liability, the trial was held only to determine the penalty. A man who picked up the phone at the company said Silva would have no immediate comment.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com


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