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A superior court judge on Monday suggested lopping $5 million off a $27.4 million jury verdict against the city of San Francisco. A jury had decided in September that the city should pay damages to two families affected by a two-car accident in 2003 that sent a municipal truck hurtling into four pedestrians. Judge James McBride concluded that a jury awarded excessive wrongful-death damages to each of the parents of a 4-year-old girl who was killed in the accident. He also decided that the noneconomic personal injury damages for the mother were too high. In his order Monday, he gave parents Sylvia Lopez and Humberto Dominguez a choice: Either agree to take $5 million less or have a $20 million portion of the September verdict retried. “The event itself was catastrophic, and the evidence in this trial was particularly powerful and disturbing,” McBride wrote in his order. “The testimony of Humberto Dominguez describing his relationship with his daughter,” he added, “was the most moving the court has ever witnessed.” Spokesman Matt Dorsey said the city attorney was pleased McBride found the award excessive but was disappointed the judge didn’t suggest cutting more. “The city attorney is reviewing his options, but it is very likely we will appeal the case,” he said. One of the plaintiffs’ attorneys, Kevin Boyle of Los Angeles’ Panish, Shea & Boyle, said Tuesday that his clients had not yet decided whether to accept the suggested reduction.

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