Jury Awards $35 Million to Family of Crash Victim
November 9, 2010
In a trial that ended today, a jury awarded $35.25 million to the family of a woman killed four years ago on Interstate 70, their attorneys said.
Anita Gibbs was one of four Kansas City women who died in 2006 while on their way to celebrate a family wedding anniversary. While they were stopped for another accident east of Columbia, a tractor-trailer rig slammed into the rear of their car. At the time of her death, Gibbs, 55, was principal of Askew Elementary School in Kansas City. Hers was the last of four wrongful death suits to go to court, attorneys said.The verdict went against the Michigan-based CenTra Trucking Company, which employed the truck driver, George Albright, Jr., then 61, of Clarksville, Tenn.
Albright was tried in 2008 on four counts of second-degree manslaughter and found not guilty.But at the civil trial, attorneys argued that Albright was tired as he drove and that he falsified his trucking logs to indicate that he’d rested an adequate amount.