NYC woman settles lawsuit with transit agency

NEW YORK (AP) — A Staten Island woman has settled a personal injury lawsuit with NYC Transit for $300,000, her second settlement with the agency in five years.

According to court papers, Lydia Batson suffered neck injuries in July 2006 during a collision on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge while riding a Manhattan-bound bus.

Her lawyer, Louis Mauriello, tells the Staten Island Advance that the injuries exacerbated a pre-existing condition suffered during another accident in 2003 involving another city bus. He says she filed a personal-injury lawsuit in that case and settled it for about $10,000. He says NYC Transit paid $4,200 and a co-defendant paid the rest.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority declined to comment on the latest settlement.

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