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Jury Says SDG&E Negligent in Marine Helicopter Crash

A jury has found San Diego Gas & Electric negligent in the deaths of four Marines who were killed when their helicopter hit an unlit utility tower on Camp Pendleton in 2004.

A jury has found San Diego Gas & Electric negligent in the deaths of four Marines who were killed when their helicopter hit an unlit utility tower on C38 Pendleton in 2004.

Jurors on Wednesday awarded more than $15 million in economic damages in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the families of the Marines.

The jury found the utility failed to install safety lights to prevent accidents. During the trial, lawyers for SDG&E said crash was not the result of negligence but rather pilot error.

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Jurors were scheduled later Wednesday to consider possible punitive damages against SDG&E.
 

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