Car Crash Attorney Wins $10 Million Jury Verdict for Families of 2 Teen Girls Killed in Head-On Crash With an RV in Florida That Was Being Operated by a 99-Year-Old Driver
By Dean I. Weitzman, Esq. on April 29th, 2019
A $10 million verdict has been awarded to two grieving Florida families after their two teen-aged daughters were killed in February 2018 when the pickup truck they were driving in was struck head-on by an RV being operated by a 99-year-old man on a Florida highway.
The victims, Santia Myriah Feketa, 17, who was driving a Chevrolet Silverado pickup, and her friend, Britney Lee Poindexter, 16, were both killed on Feb. 6, 2018, when the RV, which was being driven by 99-year-old Walter Roney, smashed head-on into their truck, according to an April 10 story by The Palm Beach Post.
Roney, a trucking executive and developer from Michigan, was driving the 40-foot-long RV the wrong way on State Road 70 in Fort Pierce, Fla, when the crash occurred, the story reported. The road was a divided highway and Roney was driving westbound in the eastbound lanes. Police later determined that Roney did not have the headlights of the RV turned on when the crash happened.
The girls were heading to go roller skating when they were killed. Roney died three days after the crash. His girlfriend, 75-year-old Carolyn Bruns, was in the RV with him and was seriously injured. They allegedly were driving to the west coast of Florida to have the interior lights and headlights fixed on the RV because they were not operating properly, the story reported.
The families of both teenagers sued Roney’s estate.
Some members of Roney’s family had previously taken his vehicle keys after they became increasingly worried about his mental competence and his driving ability in the past, the story reported.
“Roney, who had memory problems, poor eyesight, limited hearing and a host of other ailments, in 2017 was prohibited by his neuropsychologist from driving until he received a medical evaluation and passed Michigan’s driving test,” according to court papers filed in the case.
Roney had reportedly passed a Michigan driver’s test in January 2018, about a month before the fatal crash, the story reported. Despite that approval, the attorneys for Roney’s estate “acknowledged that Roney was at fault for the crash,” the story continued.
After hearing testimony in the case, the jury decided that each of the four parents of the two teens – Yvonne and Todd Poindexter and Stewart Feketa and Stacy West – should receive $2.5 million each in damages.
Carolyn Bruns, Roney’s girlfriend, also agreed to pay $1 million before the trial to the parents of the teenagers to settle claims that she was also responsible for the crash, the story reported. Attorneys for the plaintiffs had argued that Bruns was serving as Roney’s “visual spotter” and caregiver in the RV and could have taken action that could have saved the girls from the crash, according to the story.
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