The Los Angeles City Council approved a $15 million payout Wednesday to settle a lawsuit filed by a man who was struck by a car at an intersection in Hollywood and seriously injured.
John Leopold Victoria and his mother sued the city and the driver of the car that struck him on Nov. 18, 2013 at the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Las Palmas Avenue as he was walking in a crosswalk.
Victoria was left permanently incapacitated and unable to work as a result of his injuries, according to the lawsuit. He alleged that the intersection was poorly designed and the traffic laws were not enforced properly by the city, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Rob Wilcox, a spokesman for City Attorney Mike Feuer, did not respond to a request to comment. Daniel Balaban, an attorney representing Victoria, did not respond to a request to comment.
The City Council approved the settlement on a vote of 12-0 and the payment will be made over three years.
The settlement is the latest costly one the city has made related to lawsuits that claimed its streets were not properly maintained.
The City Council approved a $7.5 million payout last week for a bicyclist who was left a quadriplegic following a crash blamed on a substandard street, and in September paid $6.5 million to another bicyclist who said he suffered injuries in an accident caused by a pothole.
–City News Service
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