Two Million Dollar Cell Phone Call Costly to Driver
Chicago Woman Pedestrian Struck by Distracted Driver
24-7 Press Release article released October 7, 2009, the settlement for a personal injury case of $2 million. Marla Gray-Moores, who worked at Startbucks in the Loop of Chicago, was walking in the cross-walk at the time of the pedestrian crossing light when struck by the car driven by Kevin Hwang. Hwang was on westbound Randolph turning left onto southbound Clark while talking on his cell phone, and hit Gray-Moores. He said he did not see her until she had already hit the front of his car. Hwang’s ex-girlfriend was in the car and warned him of the woman but testified that he did not listen to her warning.
Gray-Moores was brought to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and then had “a fusion at L5-S1 performed by Dr. Christopher Bergin at Oak Park Hospital.” She has since moved to Wisconsin.
In court Gray-Moores was “granted leave to seek punitive damages at the time of trial and Mr. Hwang provided pertinent personal financial information for use at trial. Settlement discussions accelerated at that point and Mr. Hwang's $2,000,000 umbrella policy was tendered.”Are juries ready to send a message to offenders?
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