Woman and Child Get $104 Million Negligence Verdict
NEW YORK (AP) _ A jury awarded $104 million Wednesday to a boy and his mother who were critically injured by a police car that was chasing a motorcycle for running red lights.
Alison Marmol was crushed between the police car and a bus it slammed into, shattering her knees. Her son, Adonis, then 10 months old, suffered brain damage and a severed leg.
Adonis, who had normal intelligence, now has an IQ of 35. At 4 1/2 years old, he hasn’t learned to talk. His leg was reattached but he must use a splint for life.
Officer Hector Bonet was chasing a motorcycle that had run several red lights when the accident occurred Oct. 12, 1989. Witnesses testified the chase reached speeds up to 50 mph.
During the trial, Bonet acknowledged going through a red light when he hit Marmol and her baby as they crossed the street, said Ivan Schneider, Marmol’s lawyer.
Schneider said police regulations prohibit high-speed pursuits through city streets for minor traffic violations.
The jury awarded $67 million to Adonis and $36.8 million to Marmol, 25.
Schneider said she believed the city would appeal.