Auto Fatality Crash

$32.4M Verdict to Family of Woman Killed When SUV Crashed into Store

As she walked into a Massachusetts convenience store in November 2010, 43-year-old Kimmy Dubuque was struck and killed by an SUV that accidentally was driven forward by its 81-year-old driver from the parking lot into the storefront.

Her survivors have been awarded a $32.4 million verdict by a Massachusetts jury in connection with Dubuque’s death, according to a Feb. 24 by Dubuque was killed when the out-of-control SUV was able to crash into the storefront because no protective bollards had been placed in front of the store to prevent just such a tragedy, the story reported.

Dubuque, of Chicopee, Mass., was about to walk into a Cumberland Farms convenience store in Chicopee when she was struck by the errant SUV and pushed inside the store, the story reported.

The family’s lawyers contended that Framingham, Mass.-based Cumberland Farms, which runs a chain of convenience stores and gas stations across the Northeast, was at fault in the death because it did not install 6-inch-thick bollards in front of store entrances, the story reported. These kinds of storefront crashes have become more common in recent years and could result in fewer injuries if such bollards would be installed to keep pedestrians safer, the story reported.

Lawyers for the woman’s husband and daughter “accused Cumberland Farms of dragging its feet in installing bollards throughout the chain, including some 250 to 300 stores that were excluded when it the company began installing them at some stores in 2011, according to the story. “In addition, evidence shows that after determining that arrays of 6-inch-wide bollards could be installed at a per-store cost of $3,000 to $3,500, Cumberland Farms switched to narrower posts and thinner steel to save money.”

Cumberland Farms stores have had some 485 car strike incidents between 2000 to 2009 at its 500-plus East Coast convenience stores, based on records submitted in the case, the story reported. Other retail store chains, including Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts and 7-Eleven, also see such incidents in front of their stores, the report continued.

The victim’s family was also awarded about $15 million in interest by the state court jury because the case was originally filed in May of 2012. Most of the original $32.4 million verdict was awarded for punitive damages.

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