Romanian woman awarded $750,000 after being run over by school bus in Ogunquit

Posted Oct. 08, 2013, at 11:36 a.m.

ALFRED, Maine — A woman who was struck by a school bus while riding her bicycle in Ogunquit during the summer of 2010 has been awarded $750,000 in compensation by a York County Superior Court jury, according to a statement issued Tuesday by her attorneys.

Monica Semian was riding her bicycle from her job at a hotel to a second job at an ice cream shop in Ogunquit on Sept. 9, 2010. She was struck by a school bus owned by Ledgemere Transportation Inc., which was making a left turn at the time.

Semian, who is a citizen of Romania, suffering a crushed pelvis and other serious injuries which have required multiple surgeries.

Semian came to Maine to work in the summer of 2010 with several other Romanian college students. She returned to Maine this year for the trial.

The incident was the subject of a five-day trial in York County Superior Court. On Oct. 4, the jury initially awarded Semian $1 million, but reduced that figure to $750,000 because she conceded that she was partially responsible. Despite having poor brakes on her bicycle, the jury found that the bus driver was mostly at fault and should not have turned in front of the cyclist.

“I am very grateful to the jury,” said Semian in a release issued by her attorneys, Terry Garmey and Gary Goldberg of Terry Garmey & Associates in Portland. “I feel vindicated and now I can finally pay my medical bills, which are more than $200,000.”

In addition to Garmey and Goldberg, Semian was represented by Christiana Mann of Peter Thompson & Associates of Portland.

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