Greenwood Motor Lines Inc. must pay almost $3 million to a single mother of three badly injured when an 18-wheeler rear-ended her on Interstate 10 near Gautier.
A jury in U.S. District Court in Gulfport originally awarded more than $4 million to Ylonda Woullard of State Line over the accident in November 2015. Woullard, who at the time worked as a painter at Ingalls Shipbuilding, was headed east on I-10 when the truck behind her failed to slow down and rear-ended her vehicle.
She was left with injuries to her neck and back that required multiple surgeries and have limited her physical activity.
At the end of a four-day trial, the jury found that truck driver Curtis Harris Jr. and the trucking company caused the accident through negligence. Woulard was represented by John Satcher II of Jackson.
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U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden lowered the jury’s original award based on a state cap the Legislature imposed for noneconomic damages.