header image

[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Clear
Clear
46°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
February 9
1971, 6:01 a.m. - Sylmar/San Fernando Earthquake centered in Iron Canyon/Sand Canyon [WATCH FILM]
1971 earthquake film


A former Canyon Country woman seriously injured in a traffic collision two years ago has been awarded a court settlement of $6.126 million.

Chung Wu Hsu, 62, who has since moved from Canyon Country, suffered severe and traumatic injuries after her vehicle was broadsided by a box truck whose driver ran a red light after he dozed off behind the wheel, her lawyers announced Monday in a news release.

Following a 15-day trial, a Los Angeles County jury has awarded Hsu $6.126 million, said the release from the law firm Panish Shea & Boyle LLP.

“Ms. Hsu’s life is forever changed as a result of this horrific collision,” attorney Kevin Boyle was quoted as saying in the news release.

“The jury’s verdict will enable her to get the continued medical treatment she needs and to live her best life possible despite her devastating injuries. We are honored to have represented her in this case,” he said.

In the early morning hours on July 5, 2017, Hsu was driving her 1998 Lexus ES300 eastbound on Newhall Ranch Road, when she approached the intersection with Copper Hill Drive.

She continued with the right of way on a green light when her vehicle was violently T-boned by a white box truck driven by defendant Moises Roberto Martinez Diaz, the law firm reported.

As a result of the collision, Hsu suffered serious and permanent injuries, including trauma to her cervical spine, multiple rib fractures and a traumatic brain injury.

Martinez, an employee of R & P Food Processing Inc., who was acting within the scope of his employment at the time of the collision, admitted to the investigating officer at the scene that he was “half-asleep” and that he had ran a red light.

Hsu’s lawyers said in their news release that Martinez was cited by police for the red light violation and paid the fine — never disputing or appealing the California Vehicle Code 21453(a) violation conviction.

The defendants in the case fought liability and Hsu’s claim for damages for years.

About six months after the incident, Hsu made a settlement demand, her lawyers said, because liability was unequivocally clear and the damages were so significant that they obviously exceeded the defendants’ $1 million insurance policy limits.

But, the defendants’ insurance company failed to accept the demand. They continued to deny liability for years until the eve of trial, when they finally admitted Martinez was the sole cause of the collision.

For two days, the jury deliberated.

Then jurors delivered their verdict in favor of the plaintiff, including $275,000 for past economic damages, $851,000 for future economic damages, $1 million in past non-economic damages, and $4 million in future non-economic damages.

Additionally, and as a result of the defendants’ rejection of the plaintiff’s offer to settle for $1 million in December 2017, the verdict is subject to prejudgment interest at 10% per year. With the interest, as well as fees and costs, the total result is expected to exceed $7.3 million.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

0 Comments

You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment


SCV NewsBreak
LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES
Wednesday, Feb 8, 2023
Assemblywoman Schiavo Announces First Bill Package; Focus on Homelessness
Assemblywoman Pilar Schiavo introduced a package of three bills focused on critical issues to help solve our homelessness crisis.
Wednesday, Feb 8, 2023
Senator Wilk Coauthors Early Prisoner Release Accountability Measure
Sen. Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, announced today he’s coauthoring a bill to bring much-needed accountability and transparency to the prisoner early release process.
Wednesday, Feb 8, 2023
Wednesday COVID Roundup:  Santa Clarita Daily Count Adds 20 Cases
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health today confirmed 18 new deaths throughout L.A. County, 1,105 new cases countywide and 20 new cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Keep Up With Our Facebook

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1971, 6:01 a.m. - Sylmar/San Fernando Earthquake centered in Iron Canyon/Sand Canyon [WATCH FILM]
1971 earthquake film
The Master's men's volleyball team has made history ranking No. 1 in the most recent NAIA Men's Volleyball Top 15 Poll
The Master’s University Men’s Volleyball Ranks No. 1 In The Nation
The Valley Industry Association is returning their Cocktails & Conversations program later this month with Sheriff's Captain Justin Diez. 
Feb. 21: VIA Cocktails & Conversation, An Evening with Captain Justin Diez
The LA County Department of Economic Opportunity was selected to participate in the second phase of Results for America's Good Jobs & Equity Project, backed by the Families and Workers Fund, which will help 12 communities implement innovative job quality strategies that promote economic mobility and strengthen local economies.
Los Angeles County Selected to Advance in National Initiative to Boost High-Quality Jobs
Assemblywoman Pilar Schiavo introduced a package of three bills focused on critical issues to help solve our homelessness crisis.
Assemblywoman Schiavo Announces First Bill Package; Focus on Homelessness
Sen. Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, announced today he’s coauthoring a bill to bring much-needed accountability and transparency to the prisoner early release process.
Senator Wilk Coauthors Early Prisoner Release Accountability Measure
Get your tickets! The Cube, Ice and Entertainment Center, Powered by FivePoint Valencia is excited to host the 2023 West Coast Hockey Conference.
The Cube To Host West Coast Hockey Conference
Los Angeles County Parks is hiring. This Spring, Parks and Rec is looking to employ local L.A. County Youth with an entry level job that pays more than minimum wage, $16.04, and allows them to work at their local LA County Park.
L.A. County Parks is Hiring Youth For Spring Jobs
The countdown is on, in just one year, Sun Princess, the newest Princess Cruises ship will debut in the Mediterranean.
Debut of New Sun Princess Just One Year Away,  Inaugural Team Announced
In partnership with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, the city of Santa Clarita is proud to announce the release of LioLi (LEE-OH-LEE), the new and improved Lock It or Lose It theft prevention system.
City Launches New Lock it or Lose it Campaign This Spring
The CSUN Softball team opens its 46th season at the SDSU Season Kickoff Feb. 9-11. This concludes the 2023 preview with the Matadors' outfield and a look at CSUN's opponents.
CSUN Softball Preview: The Outfield, The Schedule
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health today confirmed 18 new deaths throughout L.A. County, 1,105 new cases countywide and 20 new cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Wednesday COVID Roundup:  Santa Clarita Daily Count Adds 20 Cases
1990 - Rock 'n' Roller Del Shannon, whose hit "Runaway" topped the charts in April 1961, found dead at home in Sand Canyon [story]
Del Shannon
The Santa Clarita Valley Man & Woman of the year committee has released the names and nominating SCV nonprofit organizations for the 2023 SCV Man & Woman of the Year.
Nominations Released for 2023 SCV Man, Woman of the Year
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health today confirmed 14 new deaths throughout L.A. County, 1,103 new cases countywide and 27 new cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Tuesday COVID Roundup: L.A. County Remains in Low Community Level
The SCV Education Foundation is excited to announce it will be hosting the Inaugural Sweet Side of Education Chocolate Walk on Saturday, May 13 in Old Town Newhall from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
May 13: SCV Education Foundation’s  Inaugural Sweet Side of Education Chocolate Walk
Four weeks after declaring a local emergency on homelessness, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $609.7 million budget for the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative for fiscal year 2023-24, the largest investment in any given year to date to prevent and address homelessness.
Supes Approve Largest-Ever One-Year Spending Plan of $609.7M to Address Homelessness
Opera legend Shigemi Matsumoto and her husband Marty Stark have donated nearly $1.5 million to the music program at California State University, Northridge. The university is naming a recital hall in her honor.
CSUN Recital Hall to be Named in Honor of Opera Legend Shigemi Matsumoto
American Sports Entertainment Company and the Los Angeles Kings, collectively referred to as JV Ice at The Cube, are seeking proposals for the operation of retail space at The Cube – Ice and Entertainment Center, Powered by FivePoint Valencia, located at 27745 Smyth Drive in Santa Clarita.
The Cube Seeks Pro Shop Partner
DFYinSCV will present a "Social Media Safety" online Workshop Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Feb. 8: DFYinSCV Presents ‘Social Media Safety’ Virtual Workshop
Spring is the perfect time to take advantage of document shredding services in Santa Clarita. Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 18, for a free drive-thru document shredding event, which will be held at the Via Princessa Metrolink Station, 19201 Via Princessa, Santa Clarita, CA 91321, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
March 18: Drive-thru Shredding Event Requires Pre-registration
The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce today announced their 2022 businesses award recipients who will be honored at the Centennial Celebration Awards + Installation on Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Canyon Country Community Center.
SCV Chamber Announces Business Choice Award Honorees
1919 - First publication of weekly Newhall Signal newspaper, $2 a year [story]
Signal Century
It was the most anticipated event on the campus.
Stanford Hands TMU Volleyball First Loss of Season
SCVNews.com
%d bloggers like this: