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State ordered to pay $14.7 million to family of crash victim


The state has been ordered to pay nearly $15 million to the family of a Central New York man killed when his car drove off an unplowed snow bank on a highway overpass and fell 36 feet.


The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that a state Court of Claims judge found that the state was responsible for not properly maintaining a stretch of Interstate 81 where former East Syracuse Mayor Jason Rhoades was killed in January 2004.


The 28-year-old died after his car slid up a snow bank on the side of the highway and vaulted over a guide rail, landing on its roof.


The judge found the state 100 percent responsible for the crash and ordered it to pay $14.7 million to Rhoades' widow and their two children.


Lawyers for the state say they're reviewing the decision.

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