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$1.1 million dollar jury verdict

September 16, 2012News
Trucking accident lawyers of Fellerman & Ciarimboli.

It took three years, but Fellerman & Ciarimboli fought hard to obtain the assistance and compensation that this West Wyoming man deserved after being struck by a man driving under the influence of heroin. We were successful in obtaining a $1.1 million dollar jury verdict, as you can read about below (source: Citizens Voice)

Crash victim awarded $1.1M in civil suit

Nearly three years after a crash with a man on morphine, a jury awarded David Smith about $1.1 million in a civil suit. According to court documents, Smith, of West Wyoming, was driving north on East Front Street near Berwick when Stephen Sitler of Berwick left the southbound lane and hit Smith’s car. After the crash, Smith had a large cut on the top of his head, and Sitler was moving slowly and had trouble speaking. Salem Township police arrested Sitler on suspicions of drunken driving and sent a blood sample to a lab. The sample came back with 390 nanograms of morphine per milliliter of blood, high above the legal limit of 10 nanograms/milligram. Sitler pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.

Smith sued Sitler after the accident and instead of a settlement, the case went to trial, said Smith’s lawyer Ed Ciaramboli.

The money will help pay for his client’s medical bills, including a total knee replacement and the medications he will need for the rest of his life, Ciaramboli said.

“I think the jury got it right,” he said. “They sent a strong message. If you’re going to be behind the wheel and impaired whether from drugs or alcohol, if you hurt someone, you’re going to pay a steep price.” (Courtesy: Citizens Voice)



Wellock, Bill. (2012) Crash victim awarded $1.1M in civil suit. Citizens Voice: 16 Sept 2012. Retrieved 17 Sept. 2012 from

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