Case Conclusion Date: March 20, 2009
Practice Area: Personal Injury
Outcome: Judgment of $2.15 million for the young Plaintiff.
Description: According to police reports, Patricia Pacheco, now 18, had stolen her grandmotherâ€™s car and gone joy riding. While driving near Kenoshaâ€™s lakefront, Pacheco began experiencing dizzy spells and light headedness. Rather than pulling the car over, Pacheco attempted to drive home. Pacheco claims she â€œblacked outâ€ near the intersection of 52nd Street and 34th Avenue and veered off the road, hitting a stop sign and a payphone before pinning the young boy against a minivan and severing his right arm. A witness stated that the Pacheco was â€œsmilingâ€ as she careened off the road. A toxicology report showed that Pacheco had a metabolite of cocaine in her system. Despite not having a driverâ€™s license, this was Pachecoâ€™s sixth driving related offense.