A judge has ordered the state to give an East Palestine woman’s family $3.3 million for failing to fix the potholes that caused a fatal 2008 traffic crash.
A Court of Claims judge issued the award Thursday to the husband and adult children of Pauline Miller. The 49-year-old nurse was killed when a truck crashed head-on into her vehicle after hitting potholes on Route 165 in East Palestine.
The judge’s decision indicates the state Department of Transportation was negligent in failing to maintain the roadway in reasonably safe condition.
Miller was on her way to work at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown at the time of the crash.
Police said a box truck, driven by Joseph Goscenski, 60, of Moon Township, crossed the center line after hitting a pot hole causing him to lose control and hit Miller’s vehicle head on. Goscenski was not hurt.
Miller was wearing a seatbelt.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.