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Barron Hilton Ordered to Pay $4.9 MIL In DUI Crash

7/15/2011 12:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Paris Hilton's younger brother Barron has been ordered to shell out $4.9 million to a gas station attendant he struck  back in 2008 ... the same day he was arrested for DUI.

Barron Hilton 4.9 million


Hilton was sued by Fernando Tellez -- who was working at a gas station on Pacific Coast Highway when Barron -- who was 18-years-old at the time -- rolled up in a Mercedes Benz ... and struck the guy with his ride.

Tellez's attorney claims he suffered "permanent disability" and has been forced to "undergo multiple surgeries and medical procedures" ever since.

Hilton was arrested on suspicion of DUI that day after blowing a .14. He later pleaded no contest to the charge.

Now, an L.A. County Superior Court jury has ordered Hilton to fork over $4.9 million in damages.

A source connected with Barron tells TMZ, "We disagree with the jury.  Barron did not strike the attendant.  Barron knows he did wrong. It happened 3 years ago and he's been incredibly responsible ever since."

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61.

Kev the Realist    

Yeah the jury made up teh facts and di not strike the defendant. So what the evidcence was fabricated. Yet another spolied rich California kid, who did the deed, was actually found guilty ( a rarity in california) AND HAS TO PAY A FINE... boo hOO FRREKIN HOO.

Yeah and I am sure he will win on appeal, NOT.

Its about time someone was held accountable for DUI and the damage it causes.

1006 days ago
62.

Teddy    

Well as long as he's been incredibly responsible since then... I don't see why he has to pay...

1006 days ago
63.

The Neko Nation    

@ Ken, Couldn't agree with you more. Sick and tired of these fu*king aholes drinking and driving and endangering and killing innocent people. Being someone who has had to deal with this personally I feel quite strongly about it. If I could get my hands on the piece of sh*t that killed my brother and cousin who could only say my bad in court I would kill that ghetto loser.

1006 days ago
64.

Sally    

There goes his Trust Fund.

1006 days ago
65.

Superman    

Good! Millions of dollars from a civil lawsuit is the only way for these rich POS to get punished! It's about time the 'little guy' won!

It's rather stupid that someone driving drunk pays like a $500 to $1000 fine, but if someone downloads songs off a legal website, then that person may have to pay like thousands of dollars per song. Total BS injustice system we have!

1006 days ago
66.

Politico Pablo    

Give it up Fernando, this kid it's gonna pay out a dime. If his liability insurance doesn't cover it, he'll just file Ch. 7 bankruptcy and have the judgement discharged.

1006 days ago
67.

asstird    

good God! why don't you just have the dumb kid buy them
a house & call it even!

1006 days ago
68.

Kevin    

another loser in life who deserves to get cancer and die.

1006 days ago
69.

sleepynb    

Doesn't Hilton look like Joe McHale in this photo?

1006 days ago
70.

adb    

The insurance company was ordered to pay. And they will fight this on appeal.

Barron himself will only have to pay around two hundred thousand dollars.

1006 days ago
71.

Surfer Gal    

HE BROKE THE GUY'S BACK!

Would you trade your good health for $4.9 million?

1006 days ago
72.

demoncat    

looks like Paris now has some competion in getting caught doing wrong but having a fit when one has to pay the price. for Baron can pay up the jury award and it will not hurt his cash flow . for he wants people to believe he changed in the three years since the incident he can prove it by paying the attemdent for his injuries caused by a another lousy rich bad driver.

1006 days ago
73.

GotmyJD    

Some of you guys really don't have a clue! First, $225k of the award was for punitive damages (because Hilton's conduct was so reckless). Secondly, another $71k was for interest on the judgment. Thirdly, this guy's not going to get $4.9M. Standard attorney fees for cases that litigate is 40%, so that cuts the award down to about $3M.

Then, he's got to pay off all the medical bills he's accrued so far! I have no idea how much those are, but it's not hard to imagine he's got over $500k in current medical bills, not to mention any future medical treatment he'll need.

This was an auto vs. pedestrian collision, people. Speaking as an attorney who does personal injury, I can tell you that these collisions normally don't end up well for the pedestrian! A single back fusion surgery can run $150-$200k. Epidural injections are $7k-$12k each. I don't need to tell any of you how expensive hospital stays can be...$1k-$2k/day just for staying there, let alone any treatment.

So, maybe when all's said and done he walks with $2.5M? This guy's life will never be the same again. If you've ever had any kind of back injury, then you know that to be true. The pain and discomfort will be with him for the rest of his life. It doesn't matter if he's an illegal alien (which, btw, he's not).

I don't know about all of you, but if someone offered me $2.5M to slam his car into me and wreck my body for the rest of my life, I'd decline the offer. It's not THAT much money (and i'm not saying it should've been higher either).

1006 days ago
74.

Lizzie    

Haaaaaaaaaaa!!!! Haaaaaaaaaaaa!!!! No big deal, stupid asses,
ole daddy & ole HAG mama will pay!! Too bad this JACKAL won't
learn any lesson(ssssss) at all, JERK will just go on his
merry way & drive that multi million $$$ car that the stupid
asses as parents gave him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1006 days ago
75.

Christy    

There is always a cap on what the insurance will pay, so yes he will have to pay some out of pocket. It is usually capped at 1 million. And you can bet this case has been heavily reviewed by both doctors and nurses on both sides. It's what I do for a living, so they are satisfied his injuries are valid.

1006 days ago
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