SYRACUSE, N.Y.-A man severely injured by a runaway tire that traveled nearly three-quarters of a mile through a field and a mall parking lot has been awarded nearly $2 million. Riluc Co. of Fulton, N.Y., has agreed to pay Richard and Charlotte Vose $1.93 million in an out-of-court settlement of their lawsuit over a Sept. 8, 1990, accident in Syracuse, said the couple's attorney, William Lynn.
Mr. Vose, 62, of Syracuse, suffered a contusion to his brain when the rear axle of one of Riluc's tractor-trailers snapped on Interstate 90, causing the tire to fly off the four-lane highway. It traveled 1,000 yards before striking Mr. Vose, who was employed by a local power company and was preparing to go into a manhole when he was hit.
According to the lawsuit, the collision caused permanent damage to Mr. Vose's memory and coordination. He suffers breathing problems and cannot walk without assistance.
Investigators later determined the axle was faulty because it had been welded together.