The City of Chicago will pay $6.25 million to a man who was struck and badly injured by an intoxicated city employee just under a year ago.
The man and his wife were walking along a Gold Coast sidewalk in March 2011 when the city employee struck them. The wife was injured, but not severely; the man was pinned under the drink driver’s pickup truck and suffered brain damage.
The injured man was a computer scientist who was earning $80,000 per year, but he has been on permanent disability ever since the accident. It is believed that he will never be able to work in the same capacity again.
Medical expenses for the man have already reached $572,000.
The city employee who struck the man was found to have had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.183, which is more than double the legal limit. A bottle of brandy was found wedged under his gas pedal shortly after the accident. He is serving a nine-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to four counts of aggravate driving while intoxicated.
Without a doubt, the $6.25 million will serve as some indication of justice for the injured man. Money will not return him to the same station in life he occupied before the accident, but at least his considerable medical bills are taken care of and he has some compensation for his inability to work.
We wish the injured man all the best as he continues the lengthy and difficult process of acclimating to life with permanent injuries.
Source: The Chicago Tribune, “City to pay $6.25 million to man in drunken driving crash,” Hal Dardick, Dec. 11, 2012
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Chicago to pay $6.25M to man struck by intoxicated city employee