PROVICENCE, R.I. (AP) – The state Supreme Court has upheld an almost $65,000 jury award to a Providence school bus driver who drove into a sinkhole in 2006.
Elizabeth Morel sued the city for personal injuries suffered in the accident on Fairview Street.
The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/MtnrP1 ) the court rejected arguments that attorneys for the city should have been allowed to cross-examine Morel about worker compensation benefits she received after the accident.
According to evidence presented during a 2010 trail, the hole was created during a rain storm in April, 2006 when a patch placed on the road after some construction work failed, causing the front wheels of Morel’s bus to fall in.
Superior Court Judge Susan McGuirl awarded Morel $59,239 in damages and $5,739 in court costs.