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Girl Struck by Car Awarded $10 Million

This is a settlement for the Personal Injury lawsuit.

San Mateo, CA: A teenage girl who was struck by a car while crossing an intersection in 2006 and has been in a coma ever since, was awarded over $10 million by a jury. Emily Liou was 17 at the time of the accident, and suffered massive brain damage as a result. She has never regained consciousness.

Liou was struck on El Camino Real by Gada Hassany, the driver of the car. Hassany contended that she didn't see Liou until it was too late. A lawsuit was filed on Liou's behalf against Hassany and the state of California The suit alleged that the location of the marked crosswalk was dangerous given that it is in a busy uncontrolled intersection with multiple lanes of traffic, and that it gives pedestrians a false sense of security.

The state argued that there had been only three pedestrian accidents at this crosswalk in the past 10 years.The jury found the state 50 percent, Hassany 30 percent and Liou 20 percent liable.

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Published on Nov-3-10


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