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$7.5M award upheld for Spokane crash that paralyzed woman

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Appellate judges in Washington state are upholding a $7.5-million jury award for a woman paralyzed in a motorcycle crash. Madelynn Tapken was on a motorcycle with Conrad Malinak in 2011 when they crashed at a fork in the road south of Spokane. County employees testified at a trial that there were no warning signs about the maximum safe speed for the curve. The lawsuit alleged a bush blocked Malinak's view of the sharpness of the curve.