Indiana Jury Awards $32.5 Million to Woman Injured in Crash

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP): A northwestern Indiana jury has awarded $32.5 million to a woman left partially paralyzed and with severe brain injuries nine years ago when the car she was riding inside crashed with a truck on an interstate.
The Lake County jury determined that the driver of the car in which 40-year-old Kristen Zak of Dyer was a passenger was 40 percent responsible for the collision, while J.B. Hunt Transport Inc. and its driver were 60 percent liable.
The jury reached the verdict following a three-week trial.
The January 2006 crash occurred on Interstate 65 near Remington, about 60 miles south of Gary. Zak's attorney, Todd Shafer, argued that truck driver was traveling too fast for the wintry conditions and failed to follow safety regulations.