Doug / 12-30-2011 / Auto Accidents

Miami Jury Awards $8.8 Million To Car Accident Victim’s Family

A jury in Miami ruled in favor of the family of a victim in a car accident who was killed by a distracted driver, according to The Huffington Post. Myriam del Socorro Lopez died in the accident, caused by a distracted driver who was speeding and swerving, 17-year-old Luis Cruz-Govin.

The Miami-Dade jury awarded the family of the victim $8.8 million. Police originally charged Cruz-Govin with reckless driving and speeding. He was driving at 69 mph in a 40 mph zone. Phone records later showed that he was likely texting while driving prior to the collision. Police also found marijuana, cocaine and cough syrup in his vehicle.

Florida has no criminal law against private citizens using phones while driving, but a jury still found Gruz-Govin responsible for the wrongful death. Have you or a loved one been hurt or killed in a car accident where someone else is at fault?

Wooten Kimbrough, P.A.—Orlando personal injury attorneys.

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