Jason Lo, an Air Force captain who was struck by a SoCalGas truck last year, reached a $46,000,000 settlement with the utility company.
On the morning of February 13, 2017 Lo was waiting at a red light on his motorcycle in Hawthorne, at the intersection of Rosecrans Ave and Hindry Avenue. While at the light, a truck driven by Dominick Consolazio struck and drug Lo into the intersection, pinning him to the ground.
The truck stopped in the intersection for 23 seconds before Consolazio proceeded on in an attempt to flea the scene. He made a left turn towards the freeway on-ramp, when a he was stopped by samaritans. In total, Lo was dragged about 430 feet.
Consolazio claims that he suffered a seizure just before and during the collision. He pled no contest to felony hit-and-run charges causing injury. He was sentenced to five years probation and community service.
Lo’s injuries were extensive, causing the loss of around 40% of his blood and spending almost a month in the hospital. According to his lawyers, he has undergone multiple surgeries and will need more to help repair the damage to his leg. Even with the surgeries, his attorney said “amputation of his right leg remains a threat that must be monitored for life”.
Consolazio disclosed that he had a history of epileptic seizures, one as recently as six weeks prior to the incident. He was even instructed by his physician not to drive due to his condition.
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