Metro Will Pay Out $4.25 Million To Man Hit By Gold Line Train
Metro will be paying out $4.25 million to settle a case filed by a man who lost his foot after getting hit by a Gold Line Train. His attorneys filed a suit claiming that Metro's negligence led to his injuries.
Gilberto Rebollar was hit by a train in 2009 while he was walking in a pedestrian crosswalk near the Southwest Museum Station in 2009, according to the Los Angeles Times. His foot had to be amputated due to his injuries, and he also suffered a brain injury, according to City News Service.
His attorneys filed a suit arguing that the train was moving too quickly and that a design flaw made it difficult for pedestrians to see oncoming trains. Rebollar didn't see an oncoming southbound train because of a blind curve. His vision of the train was also blocked by utility boxes and a northbound train that was stopped at the station. His attorneys wrote: "Rebollar saw the southbound train at the last moment and attempted to stop and reverse his direction, but was struck by the train."
Metro doesn't admit any wrongdoing in the settlement. Since Rebollar was injured, Metro installed a flashing signal warning pedestrians that trains come from both directions.
Editor's note: This post was edited to include additional details.