Jury Gives Over $16 Million To Connecticut Man Who Lost Leg To Police Car


CBS New York

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Connecticut Superior Court jury awarded more than $16 million Tuesday to a Bridgeport man who lost his leg after being struck by a state police squad car.

The jury in Bridgeport awarded Melvin Gordils, 48, a total of $16.25 million — a sum his attorneys described as the highest verdict against the state.

In awarding a grand total of $25 million, the jury found Gordils 35 percent responsible for the accident and the trooper 65 percent responsible, according to Gordils’ attorneys, Joel T. Faxon and Michael A. Stratton.

Gordils, who owns a restaurant, had run out of gas at night on the Route 25/8 connector in May 2010. He was walking across the highway around 2:30 a.m. when he was struck by Trooper Darren Pavlik’s cruiser.

The impact completely severed Gordils’ right leg. He also suffered a crushed pelvis and arm injuries, his attorneys said.

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