Jury awards $47.8 million in civil case over NYC crane collapse
08/06/2015 // JusticeNewsFlash // (press release)
New York – The families of two men killed in a 2008 construction accident have been awarded $47.8 million by a New York City jury. The Associated Press reported that the jury ordered the owner of the collapsed construction crane and his companies to pay the family of Ramadan Kurtaj $32 million and Donald Leo’s family $15.8 million.
The 2008 accident occurred on Manhattan's Upper East Side when components of a 200-foot-tall crane broke and became detached. Kurtaj was crushed underneath the crane and Leo fell to his death while operating it.
Loma was charged with manslaughter and other criminal charges following the incident, but was acquitted in 2012. The mechanic who arranged repair of the crane, Tibor Varganyi, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and was sentenced to one year of community service.
The civil trial recently began in May 2014, but was postponed until October after Lomma became involved in a serious car accident.