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Niagara Falls woman wins $125,000 settlement over snowplow crash

A woman whose sport utility vehicle was struck by a snowplow four years ago will receive a $125,000 settlement from the City of Niagara Falls.

The City Council agreed to pay the money to Tessia C. Harris, 38, who was in an accident with a snowplow at Niagara Avenue and 11th Street on Jan. 18, 2013.

In a two-day State Supreme Court trial last July, the jury ruled that city plow driver John A. Rosino was entirely at fault for the crash, but the jurors weren't asked to come up with a damage amount.

Harris contended in her lawsuit that Rosino ran a stop sign. The crash occurred about 12:30 p.m. while Rosino was heading out to plow and salt, but the sun was out at the time, court papers said.

Rosino testified that he was driving with a suspended license because of a driving while intoxicated conviction a decade earlier, according to the court file.

Harris suffered back, neck and shoulder injuries in the collision. She was represented by the Cellino & Barnes law firm.

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