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It’s Your Money: Bumpy Roads, Brain Injury And A $1.7 Million Pothole

Nick Grube/Honolulu Civil Beat

A pothole on Diamond Head Road is being blamed for causing a moped crash that left a tourist from Alaska with brain damage. It's going to cost Honolulu $1.7 million.

The Honolulu City Council approved a legal settlement last month with Loah McCoy stemming from a moped accident in 2008 in which she fractured her skull and shattered several other bones in her body.

Although McCoy wasn’t wearing a helmet, her attorneys say the pothole is the culprit. They say if the city had maintained the road as it should have, McCoy wouldn’t be disabled today.

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