Man who lost leg in construction zone crash wins $7 million from city
By Lisa Donovan Cook County Reporter May 29, 2011
A 61-year-old man who lost his leg in a horrific crash while working at a city of Chicago construction site was awarded nearly $7 million by a Cook County jury.
Don Martinelli, an Ameritech employee, was marking underground phone cable locations near a road construction zone at Milwaukee and Leavitt in Bucktown in 2002 when a motorist struck him, leaving him pinned him against his work truck and leading to the amputation of his leg from above the knee.
Martinelli, now retired and living in the Northwest suburbs, won a $20,000 insurance settlement from the motorist. But his negligence case against the city languished for years.