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Posted at 5:10 PM ET, 12/16/2010

Jury awards $10.5 million in death suit

By Tom Jackman

A Charlottesville jury has awarded more than $10.5 million to the family of a woman who died after a concrete mixer truck fell on her car in 2007. Peter Veith of Virginia Lawyers Weekly has the full story, and says the award may be the largest ever for a wrongful death case in Virginia.

The victims were Jessica Lester, 25, who died after eight days, and her husband Isaiah Lester, who survived. Their car was crushed as they drove on State Route 53 near Monticello and were hit by a truck driven by William Sprouse, working for Allied Concrete Co. Sprouse later pleaded guilty to manslaughter and served 30 days in jail.

Plaintiffs' lawyer Matthew Murray told Virginia Lawyers Weekly that the Dec. 9 verdict was worth more than $12 million, including interest. The legal publication said the apparent record for a wrongful death verdict in Virginia was a $10.4 million case in Newport News for a shipyard worker exposed to asbestos.

By Tom Jackman  | December 16, 2010; 5:10 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Tom Jackman, Traffic Accidents, Virginia  
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