A 9-year-old boy who lost his leg when he was hit by a San Diego city garbage truck in 2011 may recover $18.5 million for his injuries. The tentative settlement with the city of San Diego will allow the boy's family to pay for his medical bills and rehabilitation costs, and will compensate the boy for his reduced quality of life as a result of the accident.
The boy was riding on a skateboard in University Heights when the garbage truck hit him. San Diego police did not cite the driver of the truck. In their civil suit, however, the family of the 9-year-old argued that the driver made a K-turn when he hit the boy. K-turns, which are illegal, involve making a left turn, then backing up in order to change direction.
Meanwhile, the 9-year-old refuses to let his injury keep him down. He has pledged to skateboard again someday.