A jury in Columbus, Georgia, returned a $280 million verdict Friday against a trucking company whose driver crossed the center line and killed five members of a family traveling together.
The weeklong trial before Muscogee County State Court Judge Andy Prather was for the death of Judy Madere, 58, who was riding in the backseat of a Nissan Rogue SUV buckled in between her grandchildren, 4-year-old Jaxson and 7-year-old Trinity. Her daughter, Carrie Jones—the children’s mother—was driving. Judy Madere’s twin sister, Trudy Hebert, was sitting up front next to her niece. They all died when the tractor-trailer carrying a bin of scrap metal came into their lane and hit them head on, according to court records.
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