The Davis family was recently awarded a settlement of $90 million for their daughter Ashley’s wrongful death in September of 2009, NBC News reports. The family sued Prince George’s County school board for compromising Ashley’s safety at the bus stop, forcing the girl to cross the street for the bus. Ashley was struck by an oncoming vehicle and died two weeks later from her injuries.
“The school board was negligent,” said John Costello, the lawyer for the family. “They had adopted a policy to provide for safe transportation. The policy was they were going to pick up Ashley on her own side of the street. They never did. They forced her to cross the street. She got killed crossing the street.”
Ashley would have been a senior in high school, graduating and going to prom, her mom Nycole Davis says. “She was doing the right thing. She was going to school. She was a good girl. She didn’t deserve this.”
The settlement was decided at $90 million in damages plus medical expenses and funeral costs, although Nycole said she didn’t enter into the lawsuit for money; she just wanted someone to be held responsible for the school’s mistakes.
NBC News says, “Some cap a verdict or limit it in the neighborhood of $100,000 when there is a lawsuit against a municipality or school system, so this case could be far from over.”
Source: NBC News
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