Man Struck by Cement-Mixer Truck Awarded $1.95 Million

A man who was struck by a cement-mixer truck while working on his disabled vehicle has been awarded $1.95 million from a Maryland jury, the Baltimore Sun reports.
In 2005, Robert L. Howard, a truck driver with Goodwill Industries, was standing outside his disabled vehicle with his assistant, Errol Johnson. A cement mixer owned by Lafarge Mid-Atlantic and driven by Anthony Schulman struck both men. Johnson was killed and Howard was severely injured.
Schulman, who has a lengthy criminal past which includes drug and theft convictions, drove off claiming he was unaware he had hit anyone. Schulman later pleaded guilty to negligent driving.
Howard sued both LaFarge and Schulman for negligence. Last month, an Anne Arundel County jury awarded Howard $1.95 million including $1.83 million for pain and suffering which will be capped at $650,000. (Schulman and LaFarge reached a settlement with Johnson’s family in March.)
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