SAN BERNARDINO >> A San Bernardino man who lost his left leg and spleen after being hit by a Nissan parts delivery truck in Redlands in 2013 was awarded $46 million in damages Tuesday, according to the Newport Beach-based legal firm that represented him.
Faustino Solorio, 53, of San Bernardino was landscaping a Redlands roadside Sept. 10, 2013, when Gunnar Ayala, a delivery driver for Nissan of San Bernardino, turned right and struck Solorio, a Robinson Calcagnie news release states. The impact thrust Solorio through the windshield of Ayala’s car, which caused injuries that required the removal of his left leg and spleen.
During the two-week trial, Solorio’s attorneys argued that Ayala “was negligent while in the course and scope of his job at the dealership,” the news release states.
Attorneys representing the dealership argued that “Ayala was an independent contractor, and that the company was not liable for his actions,” the news release states.
The jury took less than twhe San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI have renewed a search for the remains of Kristin Smart at sites on the Cal Poly campus in San Luis Obispo. This week, authorities discovered “remains” that will be tested to see if they are human or animal, a Sheriff’s Department spokesman said Thursday. (Joe Johnston/The Tribune of San Luis Obispo vio hours to reach a unanimous verdict that Nissan was liable for $46 million, broken down into $2 million in future economic da9-year-old Kristin Smart, a California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo student who vanished in 1996.
“We are having it analyzores remains a “person of interest” in the case.
The Daily Breeze left a note on Flores’ door Wednesday. He did not respond.
The dig began this week following the development of a lead during the last two years that suggested Smart’s remains might be buried on a hillside near the Cal Poly “P” Landmark. Cadaver detection dogs were brought to the area in January to seed by the FBI Evidence Recovery Team and they sent it off to their forensic anthropologist to determine if it’s human remains, if it’s animal remains and then from there, depending on what it is, they may send it off to a DNA lab,” Cipolla said.
In an interview, Cipolla at first called the discovery “items of interest” that were found Wednesday during the first full day of the official dig. But, he added, the “items of interest” are being classified as “remains.”
“Whether they are animal or human, that’s what we have to determine,” Cipolla said. “Whether it’s bones, whether it’s clothing. It could be any number of things.”
If what was found is human, Cipolla said there is a chance it could be remains from a Chumash Indian.
VANISHED IN 1996
Smart vanished May 25, 1996, while walking back to her dorm room following a party. The last person believed with her was Paul Raul Flores, a fellow student raised in Torrance. Now 39, he lives in San Pedro.
Smart’s friends reported her missing the next day. Flores told investigators at the time she was extremely drunk when he left her, but clammed up and refused to answer questions. He invoked the Fifth Amendment when Smart’s family sued him a