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      Ohio must pay $1.8M award in fatal pothole crash

      A judge ruled the Ohio Department of Transportation was negligent in failing to properly maintain the roadway.

      COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state must pay an Ohio woman's family more than $1.8 million for failing to fix the potholes that caused a fatal 2008 traffic crash. The award to the family of Pauline Miller of East Palestine, south of Youngstown, was approved Aug. 30 by the Ohio Court of Claims. The original $3.3 million award was reduced to reflect a settlement with a trucking company and attorney fees. The 49-year-old nurse was killed heading to work in Youngstown when a truck crashed head-on into her vehicle after hitting potholes on state Route 165. A judge ruled the Ohio Department of Transportation was negligent in failing to properly maintain the roadway. There was no immediate comment from ODOT on the award. A message was left with the agency Tuesday.