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Trooper and driver awarded $5 million in damages in suit
By Associated Press
Wednesday, December 22, 2004

BOSTON - A Suffolk County jury awarded nearly $5 million in damages to a state trooper and a stranded motorist who were severely hurt in a crash caused by a drunken driver.

Trooper Gerald Shea and motorist Juan Rivera sued Club Caravan in Revere, where authorities say driver John Bright drank heavily before rear-ending Shea's cruiser at 55 to 65 miles per hour in January 2001.

Shea, who was outside the cruiser, was hit in the torso by the cruiser, which burst into flames. His internal injuries were so severe he had to have his spleen and part of his intestines removed. Rivera, who had gone inside the cruiser to get warm, was trapped inside the car. He suffered third-degree burns over 30 percent of his body, according to Shea's lawyer, Timothy Burke.

Shea and Rivera were each awarded about $2 million in the decision Tuesday, The Boston Globe reported. The jury also awarded $144,000 to Shea for medical expenses, $100,000 to his wife, Tricia, for emotional distress, and $400,000 to Rivera for medical expenses. Shea is still a trooper and Rivera, 27, works as a hospital security guard.

``I think the award was very fair and very reasonable, given what he went through, and the scarring he will carry to his grave,'' said Rivera's lawyer, Neil Rossman.

Burke argued that the club had no policy at the time limiting the number of drinks patrons could be served. He said Bright had seven to eight shots of cognac and five to six beers before leaving the bar.

James Cipoletta, a lawyer for Rockwal Entertainment Inc., which owns the club, said the evidence on the amount of alcohol Bright consumed was contradicted by people Bright was with. He said the club plans to appeal.

Neither Bright nor his attorney could be reached for comment by the Globe.
 

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Congrats to Tpr. Shea and Mr. Rivera.......they probably deserved alot more than what they got. At least the jury decided to side with them!!!
 

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I think as part of that judgement they should have given the tooper and Rivera a baseball bat, a can of gas, and a lighter...then strapped Bright to a chair and let them have at it ...

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Trooper and driver awarded $5 million in damages in suit
By Associated Press
Wednesday, December 22, 2004

BOSTON - A Suffolk County jury awarded nearly $5 million in damages to a state trooper and a stranded motorist who were severely hurt in a crash caused by a drunken driver.

Trooper Gerald Shea and motorist Juan Rivera sued Club Caravan in Revere, where authorities say driver John Bright drank heavily before rear-ending Shea's cruiser at 55 to 65 miles per hour in January 2001.

Shea, who was outside the cruiser, was hit in the torso by the cruiser, which burst into flames. His internal injuries were so severe he had to have his spleen and part of his intestines removed. Rivera, who had gone inside the cruiser to get warm, was trapped inside the car. He suffered third-degree burns over 30 percent of his body, according to Shea's lawyer, Timothy Burke.

Shea and Rivera were each awarded about $2 million in the decision Tuesday, The Boston Globe reported. The jury also awarded $144,000 to Shea for medical expenses, $100,000 to his wife, Tricia, for emotional distress, and $400,000 to Rivera for medical expenses. Shea is still a trooper and Rivera, 27, works as a hospital security guard.

``I think the award was very fair and very reasonable, given what he went through, and the scarring he will carry to his grave,'' said Rivera's lawyer, Neil Rossman.

Burke argued that the club had no policy at the time limiting the number of drinks patrons could be served. He said Bright had seven to eight shots of cognac and five to six beers before leaving the bar.

James Cipoletta, a lawyer for Rockwal Entertainment Inc., which owns the club, said the evidence on the amount of alcohol Bright consumed was contradicted by people Bright was with. He said the club plans to appeal.

Neither Bright nor his attorney could be reached for comment by the Globe.
 

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It really ticks me off when someone has to pay the price because some [email protected]%#LE decided to drink and drive. Most people who become Troopers worked really hard to get there and to lose it because of that really sucks. :BM:
 
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TPR Shea is dedicated. He came back to work after healing and therapy, hit the road, threw on his SERT BDUs and worked at the DNC as if nothing ever happened. =D>
 
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