The three young sons of a San Diego couple who were killed in a 2006 motor vehicle accident in Arizona were awarded $14.4 million last month by a San Diego jury in a wrongful-death lawsuit against a San Diego car dealership. The children were Plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the dealer, Mossy Ford. Casey Barber was driving his Ford E350 Sportsmobile van on a highway near Page, Arizona, on July 31, 2006, when a tire-tread separation caused him to lose control of the vehicle, which rolled. Both occupants were killed in the crash.
Mossy Ford performed a faulty tire repair that led to the accident. Apparently, the damage to the tire was so bad that the dealership should not have attempted to repair it. The three sons were ages eight, five and three at the time of the accident. Casey Barber, a graduate of the University of San Diego, was a master carpenter and member of the Set Builders Union, and was involved in theater arts and production, stage managing and lighting techniques. His wife Melanie received a basketball scholarship to the University of California Riverside and later played professional club volleyball in Switzerland. Before the trial, an $8.3 million settlement was reached with other Defendants who did work on the van. The names of those Defendants remain confidential by agreement of the parties. Robert Buccola, of Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood in Sacramento, California, and Adam Shea, of Panish Shea & Boyle located in Los Angeles, represented the Plaintiffs.
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