Dustin Dibble, 25, of Brooklyn fell onto the subway tracks back in April of 2006. A train came and ran over his leg. Unfortunately, the leg had to be amputated at the calf.
Dibble was drunk at the time and reportedly had a BAC of .18.
The courts just awarded him $2.3 million!
They found that the train operator saw him in time to stop, but did not. Dibble’s lawyers allege that the train operator saw Dibble and had 180 feet of room to stop, but did not.
The train operator’s lawyer says the driver thought Dibble was simply trash on the tracks.
Dibble admits being intoxicated and does not even remember the incident.
So how is it that this is the fault of the MTA? This guy was drunk, fell onto the tracks, and was hit by a train. It is absolutely an unfortunate situation. Obviously, Dibble will never be the same again, but how is that the fault of the train?
It’s not like the driver actually saw a person on the tracks and said to hell with it…hit him. It’s extremely traumatic for the person driving the train when they hit someone. Actually, the MTA requires crews associated with this kind of incident to undergo psychological counseling.
It just boggles the mind.