Madison County jury awards couple whopping $3 million in personal injury suit
11/18/2010 10:55 AM By Amelia Flood
Former truck driver Thomas Edwards and his wife, Betty, were awarded more than $3 million in damages by a Madison County jury in their personal injury trial.
The Edwardses filed suit two years ago against truck driver Gary Collier and his employer Millstadt Rendering Company over a 2007 tractor trailer crash on Interstate 55 in Ste. Genevieve County, Mo.
Thomas Edwards was severely injured when the tractor trailer he was driving crashed into part of Collier’s rig that had crossed the median of I-55 into his lane of traffic.
The jury awarded Thomas Edwards $2.5 million in damages and his wife $800,000.
It also found in favor of Thomas Edwards’ employer, Slay Transporation Inc., which sought to recover $110,863.08 in property damage.
Slay filed to intervene in the case earlier this year.
The jury found that although Slay and Thomas Edwards were seven
percent liable for the accident, Collier and Millstadt were 93 percent at fault.