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Jury awards $39M in damages in fatal O'Donnell Park ramp accident

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A jury in Milwaukee has awarded $39 million in damages for a freak incident at a downtown parking ramp that killed a teenager three-and-a-half years ago.

After hearing five weeks of testimony, jurors found the Random Lake firm of Advance Cast Stone mainly responsible for the death of 15-year-old Jared Kellner and injuries to two others. 

The company installed a decorative concrete panel that fell from the second floor of the O'Donnell Park ramp, with the three victims right below it as they were heading to Summerfest. 

The ramp's owner, Milwaukee County, was awarded $6 million for the repairs it had to make. The victims' awards were for injuries, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.  

Advance Cast Stone was also told to pay $15 million in punitive damages. The company was found 88 percent at fault. A construction management firm was found 10 percent liable, and it reached a settlement with the plaintiffs earlier. 

Milwaukee County was found two percent at fault. 

Issues remain over insurance coverage. Those issues will be explored during a court hearing on Monday.

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