$10.4 Million Awarded in Fatal Trucking Accident

$10.4 Million Awarded in Fatal Trucking Accident

A federal jury in Chicago awarded the family of a young girl killed in a trucking accident $10.4 million in damages last week, more than one-third of which was allotted to the child’s mother for her emotional suffering.

Crystal Colon, 9-years-old, sustained fatal injuries during a July 1999 trucking accident. She was sitting in the backseat of her family’s Nissan van during a trip to visit relatives when a semi-tractor without a trailer lost control as it exited the highway, causing a chain reaction.

The van hit the tractor’s left rear wheel and then was rear-ended by another truck. Crystal’s family, including her mother, stepfather, and two younger brothers, survived the accident.

The jury deliberated for a day and a half before handing down a verdict in favor of the family. The award is the highest in the state of Illinois for the death of a child.

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