A California state court jury awarded over $11 million to the widow of a man who died after slamming into the back of a big rig truck whose driver illegally parked on the side of a freeway to urinate.
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The accident occurred when Tri-Modal driver Jorge Garcia parked his big rig on the paved shoulder of the transition lane between the SR-60 and SR-71 freeways in Pomona. Shortly afterward, a box truck carrying Jose Garcia as a passenger crashed into the back of the big rig, after the box truck’s driver suddenly swerved to avoid another vehicle that cut it off. The impact killed both Jose Garcia and Jorge Garcia.
A Los Angeles County jury deliberated for almost a full day before finding Tri-Modal Distribution Services Inc. responsible for the 2013 death of Jose Garcia. The award of $11,050,000 to Karen Garcia far exceeds Tri-Modal’s highest settlement offer of $700,000, according to her attorney Steve Vartazarian of The Vartazarian Law Firm.
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