A jury awarded $6.1 million to a 62-year-old woman severely hurt after her car was broadsided by a box truck whose driver ran a red light after he fell asleep at the wheel in 2017 in Santa Clarita, according to the plaintiff’s attorney.
The Alhambra Superior Court panel returned its verdict Friday on behalf of Chung Wu Hsu in her lawsuit against R&P Food Processing Inc.
“Ms. Hsu’s life is forever changed as a result of this horrific collision,” attorney Kevin Boyle said. “The jury’s verdict will enable her to get the continued medical treatment she needs and to live her best life possible despite her devastating injuries.”
The crash occurred the morning of July 5, 2017. Hsu was driving east on Newhall Ranch Road, approaching Copper Hill Drive, when her 1998 Lexus ES300 was hit by the R&P truck driven by Moises Roberto Martinez Diaz, according to her court papers.
Hsu’s injuries included trauma to her cervical spine, multiple rib fractures and a traumatic brain injury, according to her lawsuit.
Martinez admitted to the investigating officer at the scene that he was “half asleep” and that he had ran a red light, according to the complaint, which said he was cited for running the red light and paid a fine.
In their court papers filed Aug. 30, attorneys for the company and Diaz admitted liability, but disputed the nature and extent of her injuries and the amount of compensation she should receive.