Indian victim of ferry crash wins huge compensation

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New York, Feb 26: An Indian-American, who lost one of his legs more than four years ago in a ferry accident, will receive a compensation of more than 6 million dollars from the city of New York.

The ferry slammed into a concrete pier at Staten Island after returning from Manhattan resulting in the death of 11 people and injuring scores of commuters. Shriram Agni lost his right leg in the ferry crash that took place on October 15, 2003 when it slammed into a concrete pier.

I have never taken the ferry since, the Daily News quoted Agni as saying. A couple of times a week, I still have nightmares. According to city government officials, 123 of the 186 lawsuits filed by the crash victims were settled for a total amount of 34 million dollars. Of them, the sum allotted to Mr Agni was the third largest. Two persons, who lost both legs, got 9 million dollars and 8.9 million dollars respectively. Mr Agni will receive 6.5 million dollars.

I have never taken the ferry since,t he Daily News quoted Agni as saying. A couple of times a week, I still have nightmares. Mr Agni, who is 61 now, and the city government arrived at the compensation settlement, which was confirmed by the legal department.

Mr Agni, who was born in Goa, is an engineer with the New York State Housing Department for about 25 years. He arrived in the United States in 1970. Mr Agni"s wife Arun is a doctor and his son lives in neighbouring Connecticut with his wife and daughter.

We believe this was a fair and reasonable settlement in all parties" best interest. We hope it will bring a measure of solace to Mr Agni, the department said in a statement.


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