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: Fire Department Investigates 2 Fires That Left People Dead Overnight
CBS 2’s investigators broke the story and exposed even more shelters to be damaged.
RELATED: 2 Investigators: Rusted O’Hare Shelters Remain, After Accident That Paralyzed Woman | Family Sues City After Daughter’s Spine Severed By Falling Pedestrian Shelter | Crews Clear O’Hare Of Poorly Maintained Shelters, After Woman’s Serious Injury | Neighbors, Friends Donate To Remodel Home For Woman Paralyzed By Falling Pedestrian Shelter | 2 Investigators: O’Hare Shelters Removed, After Paralyzing Accident | Trial To Begin For Paralyzed Woman’s Negligence Suit After O’Hare Shelter Fell On Her | City Offering $22M To Woman Paralyzed At O’Hare; Attorneys Seek $150M | Bus Shelter Accident Victim: ‘Everything Went Numb’
Darden sobbed when her verdict was read by the judge on Wednesday. Each juror hugged her as they left the court room.READ MORE: At Bond Hearing For Man Authorities Say Was With Him, Prosecutors Say 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo Had Gun In Hand When He Was Fatally Shot By Police
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: British Cooking School Life Kitchen Launches Cookbook For Those Who Have Lost Smell, Taste Due To COVID-19
The city of Chicago released a statement saying in part, “we are disappointed in the jury’s verdict and are evaluating our legal options.”