A Bridgeport man who lost his leg when he was struck by a state police cruiser has agreed to a $9.8 million settlement with the state.
A Bridgeport jury awarded Melvin Gordils $16.3 million last March.
Joel Faxon, Gordils' lawyer, tells the Connecticut Post that an appeal of the verdict by the state would have taken years to resolve. He said Godils chose to settle and end the matter rather than risk a retrial if the appeal succeeded.
Hartford lawyer David Haught, who represented the state, did not return calls and emails to the newspaper.
Gordils, a Bridgeport restaurant owner, was headed home at about 2:30 a.m. on May 29, 2010, when his truck ran out of gas. He was struck by Trooper Darren Pavlik's cruiser while crossing a highway.
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