SEPTA passenger awarded $450K in crash suit

The plaintiff was aboard a SEPTA bus when it crashed.
Credit: Metro file photo

A Philadelphia jury last week awarded $450,000 in damages to a SEPTA passenger who filed a lawsuit after she was involved in a crash aboard a bus, according to a release from Messa & Associates, P.C.

Mercedes Armstead in July 2011 filed the suit, which originally named SEPTA as a plaintiff, as well as Germantown daycare operator Crystal’s Care, Inc.

Armstead claims she was riding in the rear of a SEPTA bus when it was struck by a small bus owned by Crystal’s Care.

According to the law firm, the crash caused Armstead’s neck “to move awkwardly forward,” causing her to develop chronic neck pain that radiated into her right arm.

Armstead was ultimately diagnosed with cervical facet pain syndrome, which will require ongoing pain management treatment, the release stated.

SEPTA was dismissed as a plaintiff from the court proceedings.

A Court of Common Pleas jury on Friday ruled in Armstead’s favor, awarding her $450,000 in damages as part of a settlement with Crystal’s Care.


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