Sanitation worker who lost leg gets $4.35 million settlement
POINT PLEASANT, N.J. (AP) — A former sanitation worker who lost part of his leg when an SUV struck and pinned him to a garbage truck last year has agreed to a $4.35 million legal settlement.
Lamar Bland was working around the truck on Ocean Road in Point Pleasant when he was struck on Oct. 2. Doctors tried to save his injured left leg, but ultimately had to amputate it below the knee.
The SUV driver said his windshield was fogged up that morning and that the crash occurred when he took his eyes off the road to reach for his coffee cup. He eventually pleaded guilty to a careless driving charge in municipal court records show.
Bland’s lawyers say he’s been unable to work since the accident and has suffered serious physical pain,