The Oklahoma Supreme Court has reinstated a $2.8 million judgment in a wrongful death lawsuit involving the family of country music star Toby Keith. The case arose out of the 2001 interstate crash that killed H.K. Covel, who was Keith’s father. In the decision, the state’s Highest Court reinstated the damages awarded by a jury in 2007. The Court of Civil Appeals had reversed the trial court judgment in a previous ruling in the case.
The verdict had been returned against Elias Rodriguez and Pedro Rodriguez, doing business as Rodriguez Transportes of Tulsa, and Republic Western Insurance Co. of Arizona. The incident occurred in 2001 when Covel was driving northbound on Interstate 35. His pickup truck was bumped by another vehicle, knocking the Covel truck across the center median. A southbound bus owned by Rodriguez then crashed into the Covel truck. It was proved at trial that the bus’s brakes were defective and that the defect was a contributing factor to the crash.
Source: Claims Journal
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