A Fulton County jury deliberated about five hours before awarding more than $3.8 million to a young woman who was injured when a driver smashed into the already-wrecked vehicle she had been riding in shortly before, knocking it into the woman as she and a companion waited for help in the pre-dawn hours of Labor Day morning in 2008.

The woman’s lawyer, Alwyn R. Fredericks of Cash, Krugler & Fredericks, said he had offered to settle before trial for the $1 million limit of the defendant’s State Farm Insurance policy, or even slightly less, but that the highest defense offer was $5,000.

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