Absecon resident Mark Mazzone was recently awarded $9.7 million in damages related to a 2008 motorcycle accident in Waterford Township.

A jury ruled that Waterford Township and Atlantic City Electric Company were largely responsible for the accident due to a sight obstruction at an intersection. Mazzone said there was overgrown vegetation on property owned by the township and growing up a utility pole owned by the utility.

Mazzone was in a coma for a month and a half following the accident and suffered internal injuries and several fractures, according to his aattorney’s office. He underwent several surgeries, including the insertion of screws and plates into his upper extremities and pelvis.

“Mark Mazzone’s life changed on the day of his accident,” said attorney Steven Johnson, of D’Arcy Johnson Day. “Fortunately, the jury in this case appreciated the severity of his injuries as well as the accountability of the municipality and the utility company.”

Braden Campbell

Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.