|By Ray Gronberg, The Herald-Sun, Durham, N.C.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Half the payment to
Rehberg and lawyers for Gonzalez negotiated the deal out of court, prior to and heading off the filing of a lawsuit.
"As soon as that accident happened, we had our own risk folks look at it," Rehberg said, indirectly acknowledging that the facts wouldn't have been on the city's side in any legal battle. "We took it very seriously. It was a pretty bad accident; an unfortunate event."
Gonzalez, the organizer of youth soccer leagues in the local Hispanic community, was injured on
He was crossing the road in compliance with a traffic signal when he was struck by the truck, which was making a left turn.
"It was early morning; I don't know whether there was glare involved," Rehberg said. "But for whatever reason, our truck driver did not see
The impact threw Gonzalez several feet. Medics took him to
His lawyers said he suffered "extensive brain damage," leg fractures and internal injuries. He is still undergoing treatment and rehabilitation.
"The emergency and acute services Reyes received were incredible, but this settlement was needed to fund his long-term rehabilitative and care services," lawyer
Taibi's law partner,
Rehberg said the essentials of the deal were reached in February and ratified in closed session by the
The formal paperwork was completed on Wednesday, after a signoff from
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