With earnest courtroom promises to mend its escalators and its ways — and $7.4 million — SEPTA has settled all its disputes with Shareif Hall, 7, whose foot was torn off by a SEPTA escalator in 1996, and his mother Deneen Hall, who witnessed the gruesome accident.
The agreement puts to rest SEPTA’s appeal of a whopping $51 million verdict a jury awarded the Halls last month, after the mid-trial revelation that the transit authority had hidden from the plaintiffs’ lawyers documents showing that it was aware of the dangerous condition of its escalators long before the accident occurred.
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