According to a story in today’s Chicago Sun-Times, titled “Man who lost leg in pothole crash may get $300k” a man who lost his leg after a car crash caused by a pothole may get a $300,000 settlement from the City of Chicago.
Zuriel Padilla was driving home on February 10, 2008 when the 1998 Chevrolet Camaro he was driving hit a pothole near Archer and Kedzie in the Southwest Side’s Brighton Park neighborhood.
The impact was severe enough to cause his car to jump the curb and crash into a fire hydrant. Padilla’s leg was severely injured from the accident and had to be amputated the following day.
Padilla filed a personal injury lawsuit blaming the city, saying the city either created the pothole due to city crews working in the area, or the city knew about the pothole because of work being done in the area and failed to fill the pothole.
The $300,000 settlement must still pass the full City Council.