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Utility Ordered To Pay $37.3M

March 6, 1999

MIAMI (AP) _ Florida’s largest electric utility should pay $37.3 million in damages to the parents of a 12-year-old girl killed in a traffic accident at an intersection where workers had shut off power, a jury decided Friday.

Jill Goldberg died Sept. 12, 1997, when her mother’s car was hit at a rain-slicked intersection where a traffic signal hung dark.

Workers for Florida Power & Light Co. had shut off power in the area to repair a downed power line. Apparently none of the workers noticed they also cut power to the traffic signal about 150 feet away.

``They can’t simply pull the power from a traffic control signal and make absolutely no effort to keep the inevitable from occurring,″ said the girl’s father, Walter Goldberg. ``They could have done so many things. And they did nothing.″

The utility plans to appeal.

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