Connecticut Woman Awarded $15.8M in Construction Zone Crash

A jury says a Connecticut construction company should pay a western Pennsylvania woman $15.8 million for injuries she suffered in a work zone crash a day before her daughter’s wedding five years ago.

A spokeswoman for Lane Construction Corp. of Cheshire, Connecticut, says the company hasn’t decided whether to appeal Monday’s verdict.

Fifty-six-year-old Brenda Gump-Schragl sued claiming the Route 51 construction site was dangerous and that the company made no changes despite other crashes along the construction zone in Pleasant Hills.

Another driver involved in the crash and PennDOT had previously settled other claims out of court.

Gump-Schragl was in a coma for five weeks, has no short-term memory, and relies on a walker due to her injuries. Her daughter’s marriage was postponed for a year due to the crash.