Under the terms of a settlement, King County, Wash., will pay $7 million in a lawsuit filed by a woman severely injured when a van driven by a Metro Transit supervisor struck her while she was riding a scooter to work. The City of Seattle was also named as a Defendant after King County claimed the intersection where the accident occurred was unsafe. Elizabeth Newman was “struck violently” by the Metro van as she rode her scooter on the way to her job as an operating-room nurse at Swedish Medical Center on the morning of November 21, 2007.
The Metro van driver passed a stop sign and failed to yield the right of way to Mrs. Newman, who was thrown 40 feet by the impact of the collision. She suffered severe internal injuries and compound leg fractures, and was in a coma for several days. Mrs. Newman hasn’t recovered sufficiently to return to work. Raymond Dearie, a lawyer from Seattle, represented Mrs. Newman and her husband, and did a very good job.
Source: Seattle Times
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