A judge has awarded nearly $80 million to the estate and family of a woman who suffocated in 2002 when her car was buried by sand after being struck by a tractor-trailer truck. District Judge Shannon Bacon entered the judgment in favor of the estate of Laura Miera and the 48-year-old woman’s husband and daughter. The judgement includes $60 million of punitive damages.
Judge Bacon entered the judgment against Albuquerque Redi-Mix and another company and owners, John and Barbara Quintana. It was an Albuquerque Redi-Mix truck that crashed into Ms. Miera’s car after exiting an interstate highway. The Quintanas had denied violating any state or federal regulations and said the accident and injuries it caused resulted from the action of others.
Source: Albuquerque Journal
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