The City Council of San Diego recently approved a settlement agreement in the amount of $18.5 million, on behalf of a boy who was struck by a city trash truck and severely injured.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the settlement has been awarded to the family of 11-year-old Luka Acuna, who was 9 at the time of the accident that left him an amputee.
In November of 2011, Luke was in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego, riding his skateboard along Meade Avenue, when he was hit by a trash truck at the Kansas Street intersection, according to CBS News.
Upon impact, Luke fell beneath the truck, where the undercarriage crushed him. He suffered several broken bones and internal injuries, and his left leg had to be amputated.
The attorney for the Acuna family stated in court that the driver of the trash truck was making an illegal and dangerous turn at the time of the accident.
Speaking to CBS, Luke’s father, Anthony Acuna, said that the money from the settlement is an answered prayer. “I’m just thankful that the city council took the initiative to make a wrong right,” he said. “The money is going to make a better future, and that’s what me and my wife want.”
It’s been a difficult two years for the Acuna family since the accident. Anthony has been taking care of the disabled Luke and unable to work full time, so the settlement will allow them to get Luke the help he needs.
The Acunas plan to invest in a new home that will help Luke be more self-sufficient by accommodating his wheelchair. They’re also purchasing a retrofitted car that their son can ride in safely.
With the settlement, all claims against the city and the truck driver are ended.
If you or a loved one is considering a personal injury lawsuit, contact San Diego personal injury attorney Melinda J. Helbock. Ms. Helbock has successfully represented clients in many cases of personal injury, helping them receive the compensation they deserve.
Please note: Melinda J. Helbock did not represent any parties involved in this case.