Car Crash Attorney Reaches $4.8M Settlement for Family of N.Y. Woman Killed in DUI Crash
By Dean I. Weitzman, Esq. on February 7th, 2020
The family of a 47-year-old N.Y. state woman who was killed in 2015 after her car was struck by a vehicle being driven by a drunk driver has been awarded a $4.8 million settlement by a New York state Superior Court jury.
Killed in the crash was Elizabeth Gibson, who died May 26, 2015, as she drove her car on Route 22 in Granville, N.Y., according to a Jan. 10 story by The (Glen Falls, N.Y.) Post-Star. Gibson’s car was struck by a Cadillac sedan being driven by Kristina Loomis, now 35, who later pleaded guilty to first-degree vehicular manslaughter in connection with the crash, the story reported. Loomis had a blood alcohol content of 0.29 percent and cocaine in her bloodstream when she was tested after the crash, the story reported. Loomis also had a history of at least three prior DWI arrests, the report continued.
The jury found that Loomis’ father, Melvin, was jointly responsible for the crash because he had provided the car to his daughter, the story states.
Kristina Loomis was sentenced to 4 to 12 years in state prison for causing Gibson’s death.
Gibson’s husband, David Gibson, filed a civil lawsuit against the Kristina and Melvin Loomis, alleging that his wife had suffered as a result of the violent crash, the story reported.
The verdict was reached by the jury after a four-day trial. The jury ordered the Loomis family to pay $3,365,000 in compensatory damages jointly, as well as $1.5 million in punitive damages to be paid by Kristina Loomis.
Ultimately, the car insurance policy held by Kristina Loomis will not cover most of the verdict, leaving it unclear how much of the verdict will ever be collected by the Gibson family, the story states. Gibson’s attorney can try to collect from whatever assets the Loomis family has, including any real property they own.
The plaintiff’s attorney said that in the end, the case wasn’t about the money for the Gibsons, “but was more a quest for justice” and a “message that drunk driving will not be tolerated,” the story reported.
Kristina Loomis is being held in Albion Correctional Facility in New York and is eligible for parole in May.
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