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.READ MORE: Two Chicago Police Officers Wounded By Accidental Friendly Fire While Confronting Suspect In Lyons, Police Say
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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.READ MORE: FBI Offering $1,000 Reward In Search For Jarvis Wright, Wanted For Murder Of Alvin Arrington In Sauk Village
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.”MORE NEWS: Boy, 16, Charged In West Humboldt Park Carjacking
The city of Chicago released a statement saying in part, “we are disappointed in the jury’s verdict and are evaluating our legal options.”