A Middlesex County jury awarded $5 million on March 10 to a boy, now 9, who suffered severe burns in a motor vehicle accident. The verdict, in N.P. v. Tristate Trucking, brings the total recovery in the case to $6.7 million after two other defendants settled before trial for $1.25 million and $450,000.

The boy, identified as N.P., who lives with his family in Neptune, was riding in the rear seat of a pickup truck on Route 896 in Glasgow, Delaware, on Aug. 19, 2016, when the vehicle was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer driven by Charles Bolton, an employee of Tristate Trucking of Baltimore. N.P.’s aunt and uncle were in the front seat of the pickup, which was waiting at a red light when Bolton failed to stop, causing the pickup truck to burst into flames. N.P. suffered second- and third-degree burns over 26% of his body and he underwent skin graft surgeries. He sustained burns to his back, buttocks and legs, said Norman Hobbie of Hobbie, Corrigan & DeCarlo in Eatontown, who represented N.P., along with Jacqueline DeCarlo of the same firm.

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