A Cook County, IL, jury has awarded $4.5 million to a woman who was seriously injured during a 2016 Chicago police vehicle pursuit of a stolen vehicle.
Following a two-week trial, the jury deliberated Friday and returned the judgment in favor of Shaunte Hill, who said she feels grateful to be alive after the crash that occurred the night of July 13, 2016.
"I was approaching the intersection and I was hit - and I woke up 13 days later in the hospital," Hill told NBC Chicago. "I just happened to be driving, wrong place, wrong time."
Hill's car was broadsided by the fleeing suspects. She had to be cut from her car, was in a coma for nearly two weeks, underwent 13 surgeries and was hospitalized for two months.
One of Hill’s attorneys, Martin Lucas, says that on the date of the crash, the Chicago Police Department's general order prohibited the continuation of any pursuits for a stolen car once that vehicle runs a red light.