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Court rules in favor of hit and run victim

Date Posted: 2007-07-20

A man whoís left arm was paralyzed as he tried stopping a car fleeing the scene of an accident has been awarded •89 million in damages.

The Naha District Court issued the judgment Thursday in an October 2002 accident case. The incident began when a driver struck a parked car belonging to the victimís friend, and began to leave the accident scene.

The victim reached into the vehicle and grabbed the steering wheel to prevent the car from leaving, as eyewitnesses yelled for the driver to stop.

He didnít, and began picking up speed as he drove away. The victim was dragged about 30 meters by the escaping car, finally losing his grip when his shoulder was dislocated. He had surgery, but doctors were unable to repair nerve damage suffered in the incident.

The hit and run driver and his insurance company were sued for •185 million, with the court awarding the victim just under half the amount sought.

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