Family awarded $90M: A Maryland jury awarded $90M to the family of a girl who died after getting hit by a car.
Several years after a Prince George County, Maryland, teen was hit by a car and died, her family got a $90 million in a wrongful death suit.
A Lincoln Continental struck Ashley Davis, 13, while she was walking to her school bus stop in Temple Hills in September 2009, with several other students serving as witnesses. The car also hit another teen and another vehicle.
“She was on her way,” her mother, Nycole Davis, told NBC Washington. “She was doing the right thing. She was going to school. She was a good girl. She didn’t deserve this.”
A lawyer for the family, John Costello, claimed that the school was negligent.
“They had adopted a policy to provide for safe transportation. The policy was they were going to pick up Ashley on her own side of the street. They never did. They forced her to cross the street. She got killed crossing the street,” he told the station.
The Washington Post reports a six-member jury handed down the wrongful death verdict this month. Costello says he expects the school system to appeal.
“The jury was upset that [the school board’s] policy was not followed for a full week and a little girl in her first year of high school ended up suffering the consequences,” Costello said, according to the Post.
School system spokesman Briant Coleman said he could not comment on the case because it is pending.
Costello expects the school to appeal the verdict.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.