The California Department of Transportation and a driver who ran her car into a girl walking across a street were ordered by a jury to pay a now comatose woman $12.2 million in damages. The San Mateo County jury found the Defendants responsible for the collision in a crosswalk in the city of Millbrae that left then 17-year-old Emily Liou with permanent brain injuries.
It was contended that the crosswalk was placed on top of a small rise where drivers couldn’t see pedestrians. Caltrans created the problem and took no action to improve safety at the intersection. Although, the impact was at a relatively low speed, Liou was knocked to the ground and hit her head. The driver told investigators that she didn’t see the girl until just before the impact.
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