Jury says City of Rockford not responsible for pedestrian who was fatally struck

Published: Jun. 4, 2019 at 9:12 AM CDT
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A jury dismisses a lawsuit in a 2012 case against the City of Rockford alleging a faulty streetlight was to blame for a pedestrian being fatally hit.

Michael Steines was struck by the car near the intersection of 2nd and Oak Streets.

Lawyers for Steines's estate claimed a malfunctioning streetlight made it difficult for the driver to see the victim as he crossed the street. They sought $2.8 million in damages.

A jury unanimously ruled Friday in favor of the city, who argued the intersection was well lit.

The city also said Steines's blood alcohol limit was three times above the legal limit and he wasn't in the marked crosswalk when he was struck.

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