$17M Verdict to Survivors of 3 Killed by Truck in Road Work Crash

A Charleston, S.C., jury has awarded a $17 million verdict in the case of a family of three who were killed in March 2015 when their SUV was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer and caught fire as traffic stacked up in a highway construction zone.

The victims, 34-year-old Canadian Army Private Jeremiah Cross, his 32-year-old wife, Crystal, and their infant son, Greysen, were killed when the tractor-trailer, traveling at 70 mph, smashed into their slowing Honda SUV on Interstate 95 on March 21, 2015, causing the car to catch fire, according to a May 11 story by The (Charleston) Post and Courier. The family had been on vacation at Disney World in Florida before returning to Toronto, where they lived.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, which was owned by Connecticut-based XPO Logistics and a subsidiary, had been operating the truck using cruise control at the time of the crash and had not noticed that traffic was slowing, according to the story. The truck driver did not apply his vehicle’s brakes before the collision.

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The trucker passed nine warning signs that told drivers of the construction zone and of the reduced speed limits within the highway’s work zone.

After smashing into the Cross family’s Honda, the tractor-trailer then crashed into a Jeep that was also sitting in traffic in the construction zone, killing a Pennsylvania couple – Barry Himes, 52, and Jacqueline McCann, 51, the story reported.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of the deceased Cross family members against XPO Logistics, its subsidiary and the truck driver raised issues about driver training provided by the company, as well as about its past safety record, the story reported.

The jury reached a $5 million award for each deceased member of the Cross family, as well as another $2 million award for Mr. Cross and his 7-month-old son, “who were thought to have survived for a time until their SUV became engulfed in flames,” the report continued. The case was heard in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

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