jury awarded John Abbona $1-million in economic damages last Friday
for an accident in which the car hauler lost his arm. The Tulare
County Superior Court decided Jan. 18 that a Porterville trucking
company, Covenant Convoy, was at fault in a June 2000 accident that
caused Abbona to lose his arm, the Porterville Recorder reported.
injured at a Chevrolet dealership when the upper deck of the car
carrier he had delivered engaged and crushed his arm. Abbona's attorney
said evidence showed that Covenant Convoy knew the spring on the
transport trailer was broken, but did not tell the trucker or repair
it before leasing the trailer.
Abbona was also awarded $250,000 in non-economic damages and his
wife received $50,000 in non-economic damages.