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Man struck by city garbage truck awarded $426K in lawsuit

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A man who struck by a city garbage truck two years ago in the Northwest Side Albany Park neighborhood will receive more than $426,000 for his injuries, a jury trial concluded.

Oseas Pineda, of Chicago, was legally crossing the street at West Lawrence Avenue and North Pulaski Road Aug. 21, 2009, when a city garbage truck turning right struck him, according to a release from his attorney's firm.

Pineda fell underneath the 50,000-pound truck's front axle and the rear tandem wheels, the release said. He was able to pull himself from under the truck once it stopped.

Pineda underwent surgery and a skin graft after suffering a crushed foot, including six broken bones, the release said. He continues to suffer permanent injuries.

His lawyers asked for $2.8 million in damages, but the jury awarded him $850,000, said Roderick Drew, a spokesman for the city's Law Department.

The jury also found that Pineda's own negligence contributed to the crash and determined he will receive half of the award, or $426,750, Drew said.

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