Florida, Fla. (AP) — A Palm Beach County jury has ordered a tire maker to pay almost $10 million to a woman critically injured in a 2009 accident.
The Palm Beach Post reported Friday that the jury found Continental Tire responsible for Tracey Parker’s injuries.
The 39-year-old Parker is a wife and the mother of three children. She was injured when the tire flew off the rim of her Chevrolet Cobalt, causing it to flip three times. Parker suffered severe injuries and was in a coma for a month. She has undergone 17 surgeries and racked up $1.5 million in hospital bills.
Her lawyers showed that the tire had somehow not been inspected before it left Continental’s plant.
Continental argued that the tire had not been properly inflated. It is expected to appeal.