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Georgia sunbather is hit by beach patrol truck; county pays $100,000 settlement

A Georgia woman has been awarded a $100,000 settlement from Volusia County, Florida, for a personal injury case in which she was run over by a beach patrol truck while sunbathing.

College student Haleigh Howerton was on the beach with her fiancé when a beach patrol officer, distracted by swimmers in the ocean, ran his truck over her, causing damage to her pancreas and spleen and causing one lung to collapse. The truck driver, a veteran of the beach patrol, was reprimanded and given a $118 fine. Ms. Howerton says the award is not sufficient for future medical expenses.