CHICAGO (CBS) — In her own words, a young woman speaks a day after a jury award her $148 million in a lawsuit against the city.
Tierney Darden, 26, always dreamed of being a dancer. In 2015, a shelter with rusted parts and missing bolts toppled on her, leaving her permanently paralyzed.
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Darden sobbed when her verdict was read by the judge on Wednesday. Each juror hugged her as they left the court room.
On Thursday morning, she talked about how much that meant to her.
“That was really heartwarming. I don’t know what to say because it blew me away,” Darden said. “I didn’t even know they could do that. I have finally been given hope today. I am very thankful.”
The city of Chicago released a statement saying in part, “we are disappointed in the jury’s verdict and are evaluating our legal options.”