Jury Awards More Than $9 Million To Woman Struck By Bus


A Champaign County jury has awarded nearly $10 million to a woman who lost her legs after being struck last year by a Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District bus. 

The jury voted in favor of the 61-year-old Patraicia Marxmiller of Mahomet on Wednesday after a week-long trial. In addition to the $9.4 million awarded Marxmiller, the jury awarded $450,000 in damages to her husband, Ken. 

The News-Gazette reports Marxmillers' lawyers asked for about $20.3 million in damages. C-U Mass Transit’s lawyer, Marc Ansel, contended reasonable compensation would be about $6.4 million. 

The Marxmillers filed the lawsuit soon after the Feb. 25, 2015 accident. C-U Mass Transit at one time contended Patricia Marxmiller walked into the side of the bus as she crossed Walnut Street in Champaign. 

The transit agency has 30 days to appeal.

Story source: AP