Wisconsin jury awards $15M to family in bicyclist’s death

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin jury has returned a $15 million civil verdict for the family of a woman struck and killed while riding her bicycle to work.

Brian Hodgson was not charged in the crash that killed 23-year-old Emily Zhu, who moved to the U.S. from China at age 3. The civil verdict found Hodgson 100 percent at fault.

Jurors determined Zhu’s parents should receive $10 million for loss of society and companionship and $5 million for pain and suffering. The family’s attorney, Clayton Griessmeyer, says the $10 million award will be automatically reduced to $350,000, which is the cap in Wisconsin. There is no cap for pain and suffering.

Hodgson’s attorney, Ward Richter, told the State Journal by email that they “anticipate further proceedings.”


Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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