A Pasadena Superior Court jury has awarded a Cal State University employee $810,000 in a lawsuit stemming from the placement of a stop sign on Hellman Avenue.
The jury last week awarded Whittier resident Lorenzo Pedrosa the judgment after one day of deliberations. Pedrosa had sued the city and the driver who hit the car Pedrosa was driving.
Pedrosa was hit from behind in 1983 while stopped at a stop sign on the east end of the Hellman Avenue bridge over the Long Beach Freeway. Shortly before the accident, the city had installed the stop sign to slow down traffic entering the city from the Cal State campus on the west side of the bridge, city officials said.
An attorney for Canadian Indemnity, the city's insurance company, said the company will appeal the verdict.
Pedrosa suffered back injuries and was operated on twice. He has been unable to work since the accident, his lawyers said.