"A "Transformers 3" extra who suffered severe brain damage after the cable holding her stunt car snapped will receive $18 million in a settlement with Paramount Pictures.
In September 2010, Gabriella Cedillo was working as an extra on "Transformers: Dark of the Moon." During the filming of a scene in Hammond, Ind., involving 80 extras, the 24-year-old bank teller was sitting in a Toyota Scion being pulled by a tow cable.
But the cable snapped, whipped around, crashed through the Scion's windshield and struck Cedillo in the head, according her complaint. The Scion plowed into a median barrier and rolled a mile down the road.
After the accident, the film studios publicly announced that they would take care of Cedillo's medical bills, but "in reality, these companies did everything they could to avoid payment," Smith said in a press release" (1)