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Aberdeen, WA: (Apr-02-08) Lacey Hicks, a young Aberdeen woman, brought a personal injury lawsuit against the City of Aberdeen, after she was seriously injured in a 2006 storm. The suit claimed that high winds caused a light pole on the Chehalis River Bridge to fall onto Hicks's car, leaving her trapped and severely injured. Records show that it took half an hour for firefighters to retrieve Hicks from her car on Dec. 14, 2006. Following the incident, she required surgery that included a spinal cord fusion that resulted in a physical disability and limited her range of motion. Photographic evidence showed that the bolts and base for the light poles were rusted and structurally weakened, contributing to the accident.

As part of a settlement reached, the city and the state agreed to pay the then 21-year-old $450,000, to resolve the personal injury claim. Through the financial payout, the city agreed to give Hicks $100,000 while the state paid out $350,000. In addition to the monetary payout, the state and city agreed to determine who is responsible to maintain the bridge. [THE DAILY WORLD: WOMAN TO GET $450,000 IN SUIT]


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Published on Apr-3-08


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