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Jury says Toyota must pay reality TV star $12 million for crash injury
Jury says Toyota must pay reality TV star $12 million for crash injury

A Monterey County Superior Court jury ordered Toyota Motor Corp. to pay $12.5 million to a former high school dancer turned reality television star after finding that the design of the middle seat belt in the rear row of a Toyota 4Runner was responsible for injuries in a crash that turned her into a paraplegic. In a four-week trial that concluded Friday, attorneys for Chelsie Hill convinced jurors that she was the only occupant severely injured because her seat was in the sole position that lacked a lap-shoulder belt. Hill’s body jackknifed around the belt and was almost cut in half when the Toyota's driver lost control and hit a tree. Since the crash Hill joined the cast of...

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