Jury awards $15.8 million to work-zone crash victim

Jury awards $15.8 million to work-zone crash victim

A Connecticut construction company was ordered Monday to pay $15.8 million in damages to the family of a Finleyville woman injured in a Route 51 crash in Pleasant Hills, a day before her daughter’s wedding four years ago.

An Allegheny County Common Pleas Court jury Monday found Lane Construction Corp., PennDOT and the driver of the other vehicle negligent in a civil case brought by relatives of Brenda Gump-Schragl, then 52, who suffered brain injuries and was in a coma for five weeks after the June 11, 2010, crash.

The lawsuit contended that the construction zone was dangerous and no improvements were made after several earlier collisions in the same area.

PennDOT and the other driver, Adam Mains, 25, who in 2010 was found guilty of speeding and related offenses in connection with the crash, settled before the trial. That leaves Lane Construction, a PennDOT contractor, responsible for all $15.8 million because the case dates before the 2011 Fair Share Act, in which defendants are required to pay only their share of the judgment, with some exceptions.

Jurors found Mr. Mains was 42 percent negligent, PennDOT 40 percent and Lane Construction 18 percent.


Read Full Article | By Molly Born, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Photography: Bob Donaldson, Post-Gazette

 

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