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Michigan jury awards $650,000 to teen hurt in accident

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SUTTONS BAY, Mich. (AP) -- A Leelanau County jury has awarded $650,000 to a teenager whose leg was crushed in a cherry orchard accident two summers ago.






Colton Brooks was 17 when he lost control of the cherry catcher he was operating on July 21, 2011, in a grove operated by Stanton Orchards.






The 4,000-pound machine slammed into a tree and badly damaged Brooks' left leg.






Brooks sued the orchard's operators, and the Traverse City Record-Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/USAOa3 ) that this week he won one of the largest jury awards in the county's history.






Brooks' lawyer, R. Jay Hardin, says his client had limited experience on the machine and a brake malfunctioned.






Stanton Orchards operator Todd Stanton declined comment.






The jury award is intended to cover medical expenses already incurred as well as future medical expenses.






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Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, http://www.record-eagle.com









Copyright 2013 The AP.



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