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Jury Awards $650K To Teen Hurt In Accident

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Cherry trees bloom in an orchard in Ockstadt-Friedberg, western Germany, on April 20, 2012. (credit:  EMILY WABITSCH/AFP/Getty Images, File)

Cherry trees bloom in an orchard in Ockstadt-Friedberg, western Germany, on April 20, 2012. (credit: EMILY WABITSCH/AFP/Getty Images, File)

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SUTTONS BAY, Mich. (AP) - A Leelanau County jury has awarded $650,000 to a teenager whose leg was crushed in a cherry orchard accident two summers ago.

Colton Brooks was 17 when he lost control of the cherry catcher he was operating on July 21, 2011, in a grove operated by Stanton Orchards.

The 4,000-pound machine slammed into a tree and badly damaged Brooks’ left leg.

Brooks sued the orchard’s operators, and the Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that this week he won one of the largest jury awards in the county’s history.

Brooks’ lawyer, R. Jay Hardin, says his client had limited experience on the machine and a brake malfunctioned.
Stanton Orchards operator Todd Stanton declined comment.

The jury award is intended to cover medical expenses already incurred as well as future medical expenses.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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