Woman hurt by thrown shopping cart wins $45 million verdict

Cornelia Mascio
Giugno 18, 2018

A jury has awarded $45 million to a Manhattan philanthropist who was almost killed by a shopping cart thrown from a parking garage in 2011.

The verdict culminates a lengthy legal battle, which began when Hedges was almost killed by a shopping cart while buying candy for needy children at the East River Plaza mall in Harlem. A jury this week awarded 53-year-old Marion Hedges the money seven years after the incident at the East River Plaza Mall left her with severe brain injuries, reports the New York Times.

Hedges and her son were buying Halloween candy for poor kids on October 30, 2011, at the East River Plaza mall in East Harlem when the teens tossed the cart from a 79-foot-high landing outside a Target store. Specifically, the jury awarded Hedges $40.7 million, her husband $2.5 million, and her son (who was shopping with her that day) $2 million.

The boys who tossed the cart, then 12 and 13, were sent to juvenile facilities.

"I just want to be able to do something with the money that helps kids in Harlem, I really do", Hedges said after the verdict, specifying that she'd like to support the Johnson Community Center on East 113th Street.

"We want to help Harlem kids have a chance to do something besides throw a shopping cart on a boring Sunday afternoon", she said. The judge in the case lauded her attitude when the trial was over.

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