A jury awarded $25.6 million to the family of a Hemet high school student severely injured when he was struck by a truck in a crosswalk. The family of Nick Tusant sued the city and the driver accused of striking him in September 2017.
Six months earlier, the then-16-year-old was hit by a pickup while in a crosswalk near West Valley High School. Tusant spent 30 days in a coma and was hospitalized for months. He was in therapy for more than a year, learning how to speak and walk again. According to his family, as of September 2017, they had incurred more than half a million dollars in medical bills.
In a written statement Thursday afternoon, Ryan Saba, one of Tusant’s attorneys, said he was “very pleased with the jury’s decision to compensate Mr. Tusant for his injuries and sees it as a positive step towards ensuring the neighborhood is safe for everyone.”