Sean McFly, a 29-year-old student at the University of Florida, was heading to class from a campus parking lot. As he was walking in the crosswalk, a truck driven by Billy Harrison, a University of Florida employee, hit him. He suffered cervical disk herniation at C5-6 and C6-7 that resulted in nerve damage to his hands.
McFly suffers ongoing pain and will require spinal fusion at a later date. His past medical expenses totaled $36,000.
McFly sued the University of Florida alleging liability for Harrison’s choosing not to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. McFly claimed that Harrison had been using his cell phone at the time of the incident. It was also alleged that Harrison failed to slow down before the impact.