Posted: 3:18 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2014

Jury awards injured AC Transit bus passenger $14 million

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OAKLAND, Calif. —

A Bay Area jury has ordered a AC Transit to pay a woman more than $14 million after she broke her back when a bus went over a speed bump and the incident was captured on the vehicle’s surveillance cameras.

Jurors reached the verdict against the transit district on Tuesday. After the verdict, the videos from two onboard cameras were released showing the incident.

Maria Francisco sued the agency after she said she suffered a fractured vertebra while riding an AC Transit bus in August 2011.

Francisco's lawyers alleged the bus driver went over a speed bump in a school zone in San Pablo at 30 mph — twice the legal limit — and then berated the then-20-year-old Francisco after she cried out in pain from her injury.

In a prepared statement, AC Transit said it was reviewing the verdict and deciding its next step.

"Although AC Transit acknowledged it was responsible for the accident and the amount awarded was less than 50% of what plaintiffs sought at trial, the facts and law do not support the excessive jury award, including $11 million awarded for past and future pain and suffering," the agency's release said. "AC Transit is considering all available post-verdict remedies."

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