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Franklin County jury awards accident victim $495,000

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PASCO, Wash. -- Michael Gimmaka, 26, was awarded $495,700 in damages by a Franklin County jury Thursday.

 Gimmaka was the victim of an auto accident that occurred September 12, 2007 on a rural road near Connell at the intersection of Paradise and Dilling roads.

 Gimmaka suffered injuries to his knee, wrist and elbow when the pick-up truck he was driving collided with a semi-truck that had failed to stop at the intersection.

  The trial ran for six days with jury deliberations lasting just one day before reaching this verdict.

 Gimmaka, who suffered permanent injury to his wrist and cannot return to his previous construction job, will now have the resources needed to attend college and start a new career.

Michael Gimmaka was working for Gimmaka Enterprises, a general contracting company owned by his family, when the accident occurred.

 He was returning to the job site in a company pick-up truck traveling on Dilling Road.

 The semi-truck, owned by Rob Davis Farms and driven by Pedro Gomez, was traveling along Paradise Road when he failed to stop at the intersection.

 Both vehicles were traveling between 40 and 50 miles per hour.

 While Gomez was uninjured Gimmaka sustained multiple injuries that required nearly 18 months recovery time and left him with permanent wrist damage that keeps him from returning to his construction job.

 Gimmaka was represented by attorney George E. Telquist. "It is really fulfilling to represent a young man like Mike." states Telquist. "He's been through a lot recovering from his injuries and dealing with the fact that couldn't return to his family's construction business in his former position. Knowing that I was able to help him get what he needed financially to recover from the accident and go on to college is really terrific," states Telquist.