Crane operator awarded $1.45 million
Yeakey was awarded $1.15 million in economic damages plus $300,000 in non-economic damages, including pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. In addition, the jury awarded his wife, Kristina Yeakey, $55,000 in non-economic damages. The verdict, which placed 70 percent of the blame on MKA, was the first time a jury has found negligence in the fatal collapse took the life of Matthew Ammon, as he sat in his apartment opposite. His family settled out of court for an undisclosed sum without finding fault.