Jury awards $9.7 million in damages to injured Absecon motorcyclist

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After a three-week trial that ended Wednesday, Feb. 26, a jury awarded approximately $9.7 million in damages to an Absecon man injured in a motorcycle accident.

Mark Mazzone was severely injured in a collision Aug. 28, 2008 while riding his motorcycle on Route 30 in Waterford Township, which is part of Camden County. The jury found that Waterford Township and Atlantic City Electric were largely responsible for the accident due to a sight obstruction at an intersection.

The case was tried in New Jersey Superior Court, Camden County Division, before Judge Robert G. Millenky. The jury deliberated for two days before awarding Mazzone some $9.7 million in damages, according to a news release.

"Due to circumstances that were completely out of his control, Mark Mazzone's life changed on the day of his accident," said Steven Johnson of D'Arcy Johnson Day of Egg Harbor Township, who argued the case with his partner Patrick D'Arcy. "Fortunately, the jury in this case appreciated the severity of his injuries, as well as the accountability of the municipality and the utility company that contributed to the dangerous condition that day."

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