Jury Awards $15M in Fatal Car Crash
The parents of a young man killed in a car crash won a jury award of more than $15 million. Their son and the other members of a wedding party were slammed from behind by a speeding drug representative from AstraZeneca. The rep had a long history of speeding and other traffic violations.
The verdict included $10 million for the life of Kaleo Hewlett (age 22), the best man in the ceremony, and $5 million for his pain and suffering before dying. The jury assessed Hewlett as an exceptional young man’.
The driver of the other car admitted liability before the trial. AstraZeneca’s last offer before the trial was a $4.5 million settlement.
The crash occurred in August 2008 while Hewlett and four other passengers were riding in a Kia following a wedding at the Mormon Temple in Atlanta. The group was on their way to the reception. The Kia was traveling at 15 to 20 miles per hour, while the oncoming Ford Sedan, driven by Richard Brown, slammed into its rear end. According to the black box recorder and accident reconstruction, Brown was driving at 70.2 mph.
Brown had already gotten 15 speeding tickets since 1995, 12 of which he got after joining AstraZeneca in 1999.
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