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WLBT Meteorologist wins lawsuit against city

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A Hinds county judge awards WLBT meteorologist Eric Law and his wife compensation in a lawsuit resulting from a 2006 accident.

He says the city is liable in the crash that resulted in their numerous surgeries.

Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Swan Yerger has ruled that Jackson Police Officer Adrian May acted with reckless disregard while chasing a vehicle that ultimately crashed into Eric and Kristina Law.

According to Eric Law, the judge awarded them damages totaling nearly $2 million dollars.

On June 11, 2006 he and his wife were hit by then 35-year-old Carol Dearman of Jackson while riding in their Nissan Sentra at McDowell Road and McFaden Drive.

Jackson police say officers were chasing a stolen Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Dearman, but said they called off the pursuit before the collision.

Last June the 38-year-old was sentenced by Judge Yerger to the maximum of 20 years.

Here is what the Laws said after leaving court.

"Really nothing could make up for what we have been through. But this is good. So it's good what happened," said Kristina Law.

"I would have rather seen her in prison for life, but we have to accept what has happened and hopefully she's off the streets for a long time," said Eric Law.

According to the WLBT meteorologist, Judge Yerger ruled Dearman was 60 % responsible and the City of Jackson was 40 % responsible for the accident.

He order the city to pay damages of $800,000.00.  

Because of the Mississippi Tort Claims cap that amount is reduced to $500,000.00.

"Kristina and I have yet had a chance to fully read and digest Judge Yerger's ruling. Once we have done so, we will then be able to make further statements," said Law in a statement.

Jackson Assistant Police Chief Lee Vance decline to comment on the ruling.

Eric sustained a broken collarbone, wrist, ankle and multiple fractures.

Kristina suffered a broken leg, a cut to the head and internal injuries.  

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