Injured 'Transformers 3' Extra Receives $18.5 Million Settlement

Gabriella Cedillo, 26, was hit by a cable that smashed through her car during production of the 2011 Michael Bay blockbuster.

An Illinois judge has approved an $18.5 million settlement for woman who was critically injured during production of Paramount's Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Gabriella Cedillo, 26, was among a group of extras driving in an uninhabited portion of Hammond, Ind. in September 2010 during production of the Michael Bay-directed blockbuster, which went on to gross more than $1 billion in 2011. A cable pulling a stunt car apparently snapped and crashed through the windshield of her car. She was airlifted to a nearby hospital and underwent surgery for a head injury, but despite the medical attention, the woman still has brain impairment.

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Cedillo's attorneys blamed Paramount and DreamWorks, filing lawsuits to cover medical bills that were said to have reached $350,000 and seeking punitive damanges. 

But the litigation has settled, with a Cook County judge approving, according to

A Paramount rep did not immediately respond to a request for comment.