A Brooklyn jury has awarded a $43.5 million verdict to a girl who was struck by a school bus in 2017 when she was 11 years old, which gave her skull fractures and forced her to have reconstructive surgery to her uterus.
The jury returned the verdict against the Crown Heights-based United Lubavitcher Yeshiva, which owned the school bus, and driver Shneur Brownstein following a two-week trial.
On February 15, 2017, the plaintiff, who is identified in court papers as K.C.C., was crossing Nostrand Avenue near St. John’s Place when Brownstein made right turn onto Nostrand Avenue from a side street and plowed into the girl, court records show.
K.C.C., who is now 13 years old, spent about a month in the hospital with injuries that included fractures to her femurs and pelvis and lung damage.
Brownstein was hit with charges of failing to exercise due care following the collision but it is unclear how the case was resolved.
“Justice was done in a Brooklyn courtroom but unfortunately nothing will put this young girl back in the physical condition she was before this horrific accident,” said attorney Sanford Rubenstein, whose law firm represented the plaintiff. “As a result of this verdict she will be able to get the appropriate medical care she will need for the rest of her life and have economic security as well”
Attorneys for Brownstein and United Lubavitcher did not respond to a request for comment.