A California city has agreed to pay an $18.5 million settlement after a garbage truck driver struck and seriously injured a boy. According to news reports, the settlement is the largest in that city's history. The family's attorney says the money will be used for the extensive medical care the boy will need for the rest of his life.
The boy was riding his skateboard when the accident happened near an elementary school in late 2011. A city truck driver made an illegal turn and struck the boy. One of the body's legs was amputated, and he received serious internal injuries. He had had more than 50 surgeries and will likely have significant medical needs for the rest of his life.