From the NY Post:
A Brooklyn jury has found that the city should pay a staggering $19 million to a cyclist who suffered brain damage at age 12 when he was struck by a speeding car, The Post has learned.
It would be the largest legal payout in city history.
The panel believed that city officials ignored the warnings from Gerritsen Beach residents that Gerritsen Avenue needed to be revamped to slow down drivers who fly along the open stretch of road.
The award was part of a $36 million verdict on May 26 for Anthony Turturro, now 19, who was hit in 2004 by a driver going about 55 mph in the 30-mph zone.
“Anthony will need help for the rest of his life,” said his mom, Ellie. “My biggest worry is: What’s going to happen to him in the future?”
The jury found that the city should pay 40 percent of the $36 million award and that driver Louis Pascarella -- who had a suspended license at the time -- was responsible for 50 percent. They found the teen 10 percent responsible for his own injuries.
Two years before the accident, Councilman Lew Fidler and others sent letters to the Department of Transportation urging a traffic light on Gerritsen -- calling it a “potentially fatal situation.”
The DOT would not comment but launched a five-year study after the accident and took the roadway down from two lanes each way to one.