$7M Settlement in 2015 Car Crash that Killed Missouri Driver
By Dean I. Weitzman, Esq. on June 24th, 2016
The family of a 34-year-old Missouri man who was killed in 2015 when his vehicle was rear-ended by another vehicle at high-speed has reached a $7 million settlement in the case.
The victim, Aaron C. Overman, was sitting in his car at a red light on March 27, 2015, at the intersection of U.S. 24 and Blue Mills Road in Independence, Mo., when his car was struck from behind by a pickup truck “that may have been traveling as fast as 82 mph,” according to a June 21 story by The Kansas City Star. Overman was killed in the crash.
The driver of the pickup truck, Theron Michael Stockbridge, 22, of Sibley, Mo., is charged with involuntary manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident in connection with the crash, the paper reported. Stockbridge is incarcerated and is scheduled to go on trial July 11.
Overman’s widow, Alexa Overman, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Stockbridge and his uncle, James Allen Stockbridge, as well as the uncle’s employer, APAC-Kansas Inc., which is a road materials company. James Stockbridge had been transferred earlier by his employer to a different work location and was permitted to drive his company-owned pickup truck back and forth from home to work, the story reported.
James Stockbridge then allegedly allowed his nephew, Theron Stockbridge, to drive the company-owned pickup on the night of the crash, the story reported.
Alexa Overman’s lawsuit alleged that APAC-Kansas was “negligent in entrusting the vehicle to Stockbridge, who had ‘a history of reckless behavior,’ including DUI,” the story stated.
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