L.A. jury awards $150 million to 13-year-old-girl whose family died in freeway crash.
On Nov. 22, 2009, the Asam’s were heading to see family for the holidays when her father collided with the back of a semi-truck in the early morning, which was illegally pulled over on the shoulder of the highway. Kylie who was then only 9-years-old and her 11-year-old brother were able to get out of the burning SUV, but watched their older brother and parents burn alive as they were trapped in the car.
The attorney for the Asam’s wrongful death suit claimed that the truck driver, Ortiz, had ignored signs and pulled over in an emergency area without leaving on a light or signal. While the defense alleged that he had stopped to take medication for a severe headache, which they felt constituted an emergency, Ortiz and his trucking company were found jointly liable. The father was also found to be negligent, but the jury felt his actions were not as significant as the Ortiz’s.
A jury has awarded upwards of $150 million to a now 13-year-old Kylie Asam. Sadly, Blaine the youngest Asam brother committed suicide on his mothers birthday before the trial and the $8.75 million that would have gone to him will now be awarded to his sister.
And now for a tear jerker….