Woman Paralyzed At O’Hare Elated At $148M Jury Verdict

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.

CBS 2’s investigators broke the story and exposed even more shelters to be damaged.

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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.

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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.”

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