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Woman injured by fallen tree awarded $12M


A jury reached a verdict Thursday in the case of a woman injured in 2010 when a tree fell on her.

Shanta Greene was awarded $12 million in damages in the tree injury civil lawsuit against the city of Savannah. Greene's cousin Louis Anderson was awarded $20,000 and his son Xavier was awarded $10,000. 

"I want to see the city get these trees in order. I want to see the city look like the downtown area. It's a beautiful city and I love the trees but I love the safe trees, the ones that don't hurt anybody," Greene said after the verdict. 

In 2010, Greene and the Andersons were badly injured when the branch of a Live Oak landed on a truck that they were in on Bee Road and 42nd Street.

Greene lost one of her legs and sued the city. Her attorney Howard Spiva said the city has not done enough to prevent tree-related accidents and is demanding the city change how they operate and care for trees and public safety.

The city's attorney argued that there's no doubt what happened to Greene was a tragedy, but they warned the jury not to award her millions in taxpayer money just because they sympathize with her.

Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson said no decision has been made on whether to appeal the decision. 

"Our staff preserves these trees here in this community. We have 85,000 Live Oak trees. You never know when something like this can happen," Jackson said. 

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