The highest court in Manhattan , composed of six jurors ruled on Thursday a verdict in favor of 24-year-old Morgan Wang, who became disabled in the accident.
As compensation for their injuries former student at Cornell University, included in the ivy League, will receive an amount equal to $71 million.
20 Aug 2012 she sat in the passenger seat of the Chevrolet Equinox crossover. At its wheel was a graduate of Cornell Neil Sexton, who at the time was 23. He drove the girl to school.
After some time on the road, the Sexton was asleep. This resulted in a major accident: his car crashed into a Chrysler minivan.
The collision killed a 94-year-old woman – the passenger of the van, and Morgan Wang received a spinal injury resulting in paralysis of the legs.
Now she can still walk, but not without the help of high orthoses for the feet. But soon the situation deteriorates: doctors predict that in a few years, Wang’s health will deteriorate so much that it will be able to move just sitting in a wheelchair.
According to Ben Rabinovich, of counsel, Morgan, his client suffers from depression. Because of his injury, she never graduated from University because it was difficult to navigate the hilly campus. The girl also had to forget about my passion for running, skiing and sailing.
After three weeks of consideration of the case by the highest court, the jury decided that the victim deserves the $5 million for causing her pain and suffering, $6 million for the suffering that was waiting for her in the future, and $60 million for future medical expenses.
“My life will never be the same. I am grateful to the jury for their careful consideration of the case,” said Morgan Wang reporters the New York Post.