Three lawsuits that arose from the crash of a box truck that killed a Missouri teenager have been settled. Bobby Joe Abernathy, 36, pleaded guilty last year to vehicular involuntary manslaughter while intoxicated and second-degree vehicular assault in connection with the April 5, 2013, crash that killed 17-year-old Amelia Fisher. Abernathy was driving a Slumberland Furniture truck when the truck crossed the centerline of the highway and collided with a sport-utility vehicle driven by 18-year-old Erin Cordell. Ms. Fisher, who was a passenger in the SUV, was killed and the driver, Cordell, was injured.
Amelia’s father, Christian Fisher, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Abernathy, Slumberland Furniture and Slumberland’s parent company, Sleepy Hollow Furniture. Smith and Cordell later filed personal-injury lawsuits against Abernathy and his employers.
In his guilty plea last year, Abernathy admitted he was under the influence of methamphetamine and marijuana and swerved in and out of his lane at the time of the crash. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Online court records show Abernathy has a history of traffic violations, including a 2001 DWI and driving while suspended in 2003. The details of the settlements are confidential.
Source: SEMO News Service
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