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Mother Awarded $330 Million Florida Car Accident Verdict Over Daughter’s Wrongful Death

It took a jury less than one hour to issue a $330 million Florida wrongful death award to the mother of a 13-year-old girl who was killed in a drunk driving accident in April 2007. Shelby Taylor Hagman sustained fatal injuries when the minivan she was riding in was struck by a pickup truck that ran a stop sign in a residential area. Her grandparents were in the motor vehicle with her. According to police, Christopher Marcone’s blood alcohol level was over twice the legal limit at 0.207 when the tragic Florida car accident happened. The 27-year-old motorist is serving 13 years in prison for the fatal incident. He pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter and other charges. Shelby ‘s mother, Angela Stone, is also suing Kia Motors Corp. Her Florida products liability lawsuit accuses the carmaker of having a defective passenger restraint system in the minivan. Stone contends that the defective seat belt and shoulder harness played a part in causing her daughter’s fatal injuries. The 13-year-old’s head got caught in the seat belt and she landed with her feet in the air. People say this is one of the largest Florida awards to ever be issued. The jury decided that Marcone should pay Stone $275 million in punitive damages and $55 million in compensatory damages. For anyone to die in a car accident is tragic. It is even more tragic when the death could have been prevented if only the liable motorist hadn’t been behaving negligently. 2008 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Accidents (Per the NHTSA): • 11,733 alcohol-impaired driving deaths in the US • At least 216 of the victims were kids under age 15 • More than 1400 Florida drunk driving-related deaths Filing a Florida car accident lawsuit won’t erase what happened or make your injuries go away or bring back your loved one. It is, however, a way to hold the liable parties accountable for their actions and can allow you to obtain financial recovery for the harm that was suffered. Hernando jury awards mother $330 million in drunken-driving death of teen, Tampabay.com, October 1, 2009 Alcohol-Impaired Driving, 2008 Traffic Safety Facts, NHTSA Related Web Resources: This story was written from prison by Christopher S. Marcone, Safe Teen Driver Mothers Against Drunk Driving

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