DUI High-Speed Crash Wrongful Death Lawsuit Verdict Against Drunk Driver in Florida
George Butler, 36, was driving around 80 mph when he hit the family’s truck, causing it to flip onto its side. Juan Alexis Martinez, 11 at the time, suffered injuries during the crash, but the 6- and one-year-old boys died from the wreck. According to news reports, the six women jurors awarded $12 million for pain and suffering to the parents and surviving son for the loss of the two children. The remainder of the damages went to past and future medical bills and funeral costs. The jury awarded about $25,000 for punitive damages, which are designed to punish and be a deterrent. Butler was the only defendant. It’s possible the plaintiffs will attempt to get money from his insurance company. Butler said Thursday he remembers drinking at the bar, but doesn’t remember how he got drunk.