PBC jury awards $10M for faulty tire

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (AP) - A Palm Beach County jury has ordered a tire maker to pay almost $10 million to a woman critically injured in a 2009 accident.

The Palm Beach Post reported Friday the jury found Continental Tire responsible for Tracey Parker's injuries.

The 39-year-old Parker is a wife and the mother of three children. She was injured when the tire flew off the rim of her Chevrolet Cobalt causing it to flip three times. Parker suffered severe injuries and was in a coma for a month. She has undergone 17 surgeries and racked up $1.5 million in hospital bills.

Her lawyers showed the tire had somehow not been inspected before it left Continental's plant.

Continental argued the tire had not been properly inflated. It is expected to appeal.

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