The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to spend $1.9 million to settle a lawsuit filed by “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara’s ex-boyfriend, Nick Loeb, over a car crash that left him seriously injured.
Loeb, 41, a Florida politician turned L.A. businessman, claims the crash happened as a result of the city’s failure to adequately maintain the road.
On Aug. 23, 2010, Loeb was driving on Crater Lane between Sandal Lane and Lisbon Lane in Bel-Air when his car careened off a steep embankment.
Loeb suffered a broken leg, fractured pelvis and a deep gash across his chest, and was treated in the intensive care unit of UCLA Medical Center, according to media reports.
In his suit, Loeb says the road was dangerous, deteriorated and overgrown and that the city had failed to repair it or block it off to public access, despite prior complaints.
According to court documents, Loeb’s car, a rented SUV, hit a section of raised asphalt and went off the road. Loeb said he jumped out of his car while it was sliding down the hill, injuring himself.
The court documents also stated that Loeb drove past a number of signs warning against using Sandal Lane as a through street.
Following the incident, the city constructed barriers preventing entry into the road.