Anger, denial turn to hope nearly 4 years after tragedy, Seattle Times, Jan. 13, 2008:
It's been nearly four years since a board flew off a rented trailer on Interstate 405, smashed through the windshield of [Maria] Federici's Jeep and sheared off much of her face.See earlier post (May 23, 2007).
Since then, Federici has undergone seven reconstructive surgeries, had a state law making it a crime not to secure loads named in her honor and won a $15.5 million court judgment against U-Haul and the man who failed to tie down the load that struck her car.
She has yet to receive any money because U-Haul has appealed November's jury verdict. But her lawyers expect she will eventually receive enough money to pay her living expenses and medical bills for the rest of her life.