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ST. JOSEPH - A Berrien County jury has returned a $16 million verdict against Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. for making a defective tire that blew out on a freeway, leaving an Ohio man permanently paralyzed.

Harishkumar Patel, 57, was rendered a quadriplegic when his Nissan Pathfinder flipped over into a ditch after the tire failed July 6, 2012, on the U.S. 31 freeway.