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Intoxicated driver caused fatal motorcycle crash: plaintiff

A jury awarded $7.75 million to the estate of a man who was killed due to injuries suffered when his motorcycle was hit by an SUV. Francis Frederick Scrio was operating his motorcycle on South Carolina Highway 78 when the SUV, which was traveling approximately 89 mph, overtook his motorcycle and struck it in the rear. The driver of the SUV then fled the scene. Scrio died from his injuries four days later. His estate sued Brian Todd Jarrell, who was believed to have been the driver of the SUV. He was identified as the likely driver when he skidded to a stop at a police checkpoint not far from where the hit-and-run accident occurred. Although he initially denied liability, Jarrell admitted at trial that he had contributed to the accident.
McKissick v. Jarrell
Charleston County - SC

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Family blamed lack of safety features on worker’s factory fall

A jury awarded $8.8 million to the estate of a man who died 11 days after suffering injuries when he fell from a platform to the floor of a manufacturing facility where he was working. The award was reduced to $8.36 million due to a 5-percent comparative negligence finding. The estate of David Priester Jr., a Boeing employee, sued a number of entities, claiming that manufacturing and design defects in the mobile platform, known as Cell 90, led to a computer-system malfunction that caused Priester’s fatal fall. The only claim left at trial was a manufacturing defect claim against SAR Automation, L.P., which had made modifications to the Cell 90 software after it had been installed. SAR denied any responsibility for a manufacturing defect.
Priester v. SAR Automation, L.P.
U.S. District Court - SC

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Plaintiff: Brain injury was due to negligence of turning

A man claiming brain damage, among other injuries, from a motor vehicle accident agreed to a $2,988,396 settlement in a lawsuit he had filed against those he held responsible for the accident. Chase Cayton, who requires 24/7 care since the accident, was operating a motorcycle on Old Snow Hill Road in Kinston when he collided with a vehicle driven by Blake McCarter. McCarter, who was driving a pickup truck for his father’s business, was attempting to make a left turn into a driveway at the time of the accident. McCarter’s father, Timothy McCarter, and the father’s business, Tim McCarter Plumbing Inc., were also named as defendants. The defendants had blamed Cayton’s speed on the accident, but agreed to the settlement at mediation.
Cayton v. McCarter
Pitt County - NC

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