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Chicago Jury awards $3.5 million in girl's death

Posted on Nov 19, 2005

Jury awards $3.5 million in girl's death Published November 19, 2005 CIRCUIT COURT -- The family of a 6-year-old Streamwood girl killed in an car crash four years ago was awarded $3.5 million by a Cook County jury this week. The girl, Alejandra Fajardo, died after the Ford Escort her father, Mario Fajardo, was driving on Wise Road in Schaumburg in June 2001 hit another car turning onto Springinsguth Road. On Thursday, the jury in a wrongful death suit brought by Alejandra's family ruled against the driver of the second car, Pamela Layden, now 22. The jury awarded members of Alejandra's family more than $3.5 million, according to attorneys in the case. At the time of the crash, Layden was ticketed with failure to yield while making a left turn. Fajardo also was ticketed, for failure to secure a child and endangering the life of a child, because both Alejandra and her sister, then 9, were sitting in the car's front seat.

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