Woman nearly killed by falling shopping cart wants $75M
The Upper West Side woman who was nearly killed by a Target shopping cart hurled 79 feet from an East Harlem mall overpass in 2011 asked Manhattan jurors to award her and her family $75.3 million for her injuries.“She’s a shadow of what she was,” lawyer Thomas Moore said during closing arguments Wednesday, citing philanthropist Marion Hedges’ incontinence, memory loss and double vision related to her brain injuries.
He asked jurors to give her 19-year-old son, Dayton Hedges — who witnessed the incident and still suffers nightmares — $6 million.
Moore requested $2.5 million for husband Michael Hedges to compensate him for the loss of “companionship” with his wife, who had testified earlier in the trial that they can no longer make love.
Attorneys for the defendant — the East River Plaza mall and Planned Security Services — downplayed the 53-year-old mom’s injuries, claiming she’s made a “really, really good recovery.”