Jury Awards $250K To Woman Run Over By Fort Lauderdale Beach Patrol

posted by Jessi Minneci - 

A Fort Lauderdale jury awarded $250,000 to a North Carolina woman who was run over by a South Florida beach patrol SUV over six years ago.

Attorneys for Rinda Mizelle announced the decision in the trial, which began Monday, saying jurors took three hours to deliberate before reaching their decision.

Opening statements began Tuesday at Broward Judicial Complex for the civil case of Rinda Mizelle, who was suing for the pain, suffering and medical bills she has endured since the incident.

In April 2012, Mizelle was lying face up with a shirt over her head on the beach near a lifeguard tower in the 800 block of Seabreeze Boulevard when Lt. Tracy Moll of the Fort Lauderdale Ocean Rescue made a U-turn with the SUV and ran over Mizelle in the process.

Pictures shown in court showed the injuries – including burns and lacerations – she suffered to her arms and legs and other parts of her body.

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