City of Quincy to pay $4 million to bus crash victim
The city of Quincy settled a 2010 lawsuit with a man who became paralyzed from the waist down in a crash involving a Quincy Transit bus.
Nicholas Hanson, 29, of New London, Mo. was injured in the Nov. 10, 2010 crash near the intersection of South 36th Street and South Holford Drive.
The city agreed to pay $4 million for the injuries Hanson suffered in the crash. The February 2010 lawsuit requested from $3.5 million to $5.5 million in damages.
Hanson sued the city, bus driver Becky Dawson, and Taussa Roney, the driver of the vehicle in which Hanson was a passenger.
"It's a bad situation for not only the the bus driver that didn't want to be involved in an accident that morning, but certainly for our client who wasn't leaving his residence going to Vatterott College that morning thinking he was going to be coming home in a wheelchair," Hanson's attorney, Jim Hansen, said.
The lawsuit said that both the bus driver and the driver of the vehicle carrying Hanson were driving too fast for slick road conditions when the collision occurred.
Video released by James A. Hansen, Schmiedeskamp, Robertson, Neu & Mitchell LLP, attorney for the plaintiff in the court case.