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New Jersey Turpike Authority Pays $1 million In Lawsuit Settlements

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Over the last 18 months, the NJ Turnpike Authority has paid out nearly $1 million to settle seven lawsuits.

One settlement was for $60,000 after a man fell at the PNC Bank Arts Center. A second was for $150,000 for a parking and bathroom violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The most tragic case, according to, was a $125,000 settlement in the case of a 19-year old fashion model Heather Bratton, who was trapped in the backseat of a cab and burned to death, after the cab stalled in the center lane and was hit from behind by another vehicle. Police reports show that lights in the area of the accident were not functioning.

Turnpike Authority spokesman Thomas Feeney said that of the 33 cases filed against the agency in the last 18 months, 23 were personal injury or wrongful death cases, four were employment cases, four were civil rights cases involving police, one was environmental and one involved real estate, according to

Feeny said to “the lights that were out on the turnpike are “an ongoing problem.” ‘ However, he said the agency admitted nothing in court. He said they try to replace the 60 year old lights as they go out. He said “The New Jersey Turnpike is one of the safest highways in the nation, but we understand that Ms. Bratton’s family and friends take no comfort in that. That’s why we work every day toward eliminating all fatal crashes. One death on our roads will always be one death too many.” disclaimer: This article: New Jersey Turpike Authority Pays $1 million In Lawsuit Settlements was posted on Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 at 8:17 pm at and is filed under Accident Lawsuits.

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