Parents of Florida Teens Killed in RV Crash Awarded $10M in Federal Trial
WEST PALM BEACH, FL. – According to a news story reported online at wwjnewsradio.radio.com, a federal jury awarded the parents of two Florida teens who were killed in an RV crash $10 million in damages. The crash occurred last year, and the teens’ parents filed suit against the estate of the 99-year-old RV driver.*
On April 10, a jury reached a verdict in the case stemming from a 2018 crash that killed two teenagers. The jury ordered the estate of a driver who also died from the crash to pay $10 million in damages for the deaths of two girls,17 and 18. The jury award is added to a $1 million settlement already reached between the parents and the girlfriend and caregiver of the RV driver.
According to WWJ, the crash happened in February 2018, when a 99-year-old man from Dearborn, Michigan, was driving an RV the wrong way on Florida Highway 70 in Fort Pierce, Florida. The RV also did not have lights on, according to police officers. The two teenage girls were driving a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado east on the highway, and crashed into the westbound RV head-on.
WWJ reports that both girls died in the collision, and the RV driver died three days after the crash. The RV driver’s 75-year-old girlfriend and caregiver who was also in the RV at the time was seriously injured in the accident.
During review of the case, investigators discovered that driving records from Michigan showed that the RV driver had previously been reported to the DMV for unsafe driving, but he had passed a driving test less than 30 days before the accident.
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