Two separate hit-and-run accidents involving pedestrians have left a four-year-old boy dead and a mother and her young son critically hurt in Philadelphia. Both incidents happened last night, with the fatal accident occurring in Southwest Philadelphia and the second injuring a young mother and her two-year-old son as they were crossing the street in the city’s Fairhill section. In both cases, the drivers of the vehicles fled the scene. Police are investigating.
A woman who lost her leg and suffered other injuries when her car was struck by a drunk driver has won a $2.7 million jury verdict – against a bar at which the drunk driver was a customer. The accident occurred in 2011 in Medina County, Texas, when the intoxicated patron drove the wrong way down Interstate 35 after leaving the Southside Bar & Grill. A lawyer for the injured woman said the verdict “sent a message that overserving intoxicated patrons is a serious problem that bars will be held accountable for,” according to a news report of the case.
The plaintiff’s lawyer wanted to “send a message” that would be a deterrent to drunk drivers, and a jury in Tennessee obliged – handing down a $9.25 million verdict against a man who drove while intoxicated and slammed into another car driven by a high school honor student. The Chatanooga jury ordered Kevin Davis to pay $500,000 in compensatory damages and $8.75 million in punitive damages. The defendant, according to news reports, downed a half bottle of Southern Comfort before getting behind the wheel two days before Thanksgiving in 2008.