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Vehicle crash victim awarded $2.4 million

A Salmon Arm crash victim has been awarded $2.4 million following a civil suit.

B.C. Supreme Court Judge Allan Betton made the decision to award victim Quentin Hermanson, now 21, with the funds on May 20 in Vernon.

Hermanson was a passenger in his friend Ryan Durkee’s vehicle when it drove off a forestry road near Salmon Arm in November of 2010.

Hermanson suffered a laceration to his spleen and severe traumatic brain injury.

The judgement stated that at the time of Hermanson’s discharge, he struggled with speech, had double vision and demonstrated difficulty with memory, planning, fatigue and concrete thinking.

Justice Betton awarded Hermanson $1.8 million to compensate for the lack of future earnings as he has been deemed not competitivley employable.

An additional $650,000 was awarded for the future care that Hermanson will have to receive.

The defendants in the case, Ryan and Troy Durkee, admit liability for the incident.

 

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