A South Florida jury awarded $24 million to a man whose wife was killed when a drunken driver slammed into a cabana at a Fort Lauderdale hotel. The incident occurred when a car crossed a sidewalk, jumped a curb and crashed into the poolside cabana at the Riverside Hotel. Jurors assigned 15 percent liability – or $3.6 million – to the hotel. Michael DeMella was in a restroom a few feet away when his 26-year-old wife Alanna DeMella, who was seven months pregnant, died. The couple had won a trip to Fort Lauderdale from their church in Woburn, Mass. Jurors assigned 85 percent of the responsibility to 37-year-old Rosa Kim. She was sentenced in January to 15 years in prison.
Source: Insurance Journal
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