A federal jury on Tuesday awarded more than $1 million to the family of a Michigan truck driver who crashed his semitrailer into the Chinatown Red Line station in 2008, killing two people and injuring many others before he also died more than a month later.
Relatives of Donald Wells argued in a lawsuit that Wells was detained by Chicago police even though he needed medical attention from injuries he sustained in the crash.
After nearly three days of deliberations, the jury held the city responsible for detaining Wells for too long and awarded $1 million in compensatory damages. The jury also held four Chicago police officers responsible for his detention, awarding Wells' family an additional combined $150,000 in damages from them.
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