A Southern California Kia store has reached a confidential settlement after a jury awarded $21,503,420 to a motorcyclist hurt in a crash caused by a negligent technician.
A jury in Los Angeles County Superior Court ordered Kia of Irvine to pay damages to Matthew Rada, who suffered catastrophic injuries when a service customer's 2015 Optima crashed into his motorcycle on a freeway in February 2018.
Technician Justin Dimapasac was doing a road test after repairing the Optima, Rada's lawyer, Andrew Owen of Los Angeles, told Fixed Ops Journal. Owen said Dimapasac no longer works at the store.
Dimapasac testified in a deposition that he was the sole cause of the crash when he illegally crossed the HOV double parallel boundary lines, failed to signal before leaving the lane and drove alone in the HOV lane, according to a statement from Owen's law firm.
The Optima struck Rada as it left the HOV lane on the northbound 405 freeway. The impact sent Rada "careening across three lanes of traffic and into a passing flatbed trailer, which then launched him off his motorcycle and onto the freeway pavement," the statement read.
Kia of Irvine admitted its liability for negligence, and the question for the jury was the "nature and extent" of Rada's damages, Owen said. The jury deliberated for two hours at the end of a three-day trial.
"The parties reached a confidential post- verdict settlement that resolves the case in its entirety," he said.