Injured Transformers 3 Actress Gets $18.5 Million Settlement

Gabriela Cedillo Credit: Terrence Antonio James/ Chicago Tribune/MCT

Actress Gabriela Cedillo's life changed forever in September 2010. The actress, 26, was driving a stunt vehicle for an action sequence in Transformers: Dark of the Moon when she was struck with a piece of metal -- left brain-damaged and with severe injuries.

Cedillo and her family were awarded an $18.5 million settlement as a result of what the studio called a "tragic accident," BBC reported early Thursday.

As a result of the injury -- an investigation determined there was a faulty tow cable -- Cedillo now needs constant care, her attorney said.

After the accident, a portion of her skull was removed and she now endures memory loss, seizures, and is blind in one eye.

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"We are pleased that the Cedillo family has agreed to move forward with the settlement. This was a tragic accident and our thoughts and prayers remain with Gabriela," a Paramount Pictures rep said. A Chicago judge approved the settlement this week; Cedillo and her family sued back in October 2010.

Released July 2011, Transformers: Dark of the Moon (the third in the franchise) starred Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Josh Duhamel, and went on to gross over $1 billion worldwide.