A $2.7 million settlement has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit involving an all-terrain vehicle crash. The crash killed 19-year-old Jonathon Byram, a college student from Maryland. The decedent was a passenger on the ATV driven by Mark Renehan, another college student, when the vehicle flipped over. The fatal crash occurred in the early morning hours of July 5th after a 2009 Independence Day party.
Renehan was charged with homicide while driving under the influence and with involuntary manslaughter. A jury later acquitted him on the criminal charges. The victim’s father, Daniel Byram, filed the civil lawsuit in federal court, alleging that Renehan was intoxicated and driving excessively fast, causing the death of his son. The suit charged that Renehan’s family served alcohol to the students in their home on a “continuous basis” over several hours prior to the wreck. It was reported that Renehan admitted to state police he had consumed alcohol. Kevin Foley, a lawyer based in Scranton, Pa., represented the Bryam family and he did a very good job in the case.
Source: The Times Tribune
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