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CRASH VICTIM GETS $4.4 MILLION AWARD

A State Supreme Court jury Friday awarded a West Seneca man $4.45 million for the severe leg and facial injuries he suffered when he was trapped in his car after being struck by a truck on a Thruway overpass four years ago.

Following a 1 1/2 -week trial before Justice Norman E. Joslin, the six jurors deliberated two hours before ordering insurance carriers for Darling and Co. Inc., a Detroit firm, to pay the award to Roger Hill, 49.

Paul W. Beltz, Hill's attorney, said Hill's car was struck from behind by a Darling pickup truck during heavy rush-hour traffic on the Thruway's Walden Avenue overpass Oct. 3, 1986.

Beltz said Hill has to wear braces on both his legs and had plates inserted into his severely damaged face. The accident injuries prevent him from standing for long periods of time and prevent him from returning to his old job, Beltz said.

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