Jury Awards $28 Million For Deadly Western PA Car Crash
PITTSBURGH (AP) – A jury in Pittsburgh has awarded $28 million to the victims survivors of a deadly car crash.
The verdict delivered Friday was for a Sept. 2009 crash caused by 26-year-old Timothy Lesko. He pleaded guilty to drunk driving in 2012 and is serving a two- to four-year sentence.
The crash killed 24-yearold Jessica Trail and severely injured her boyfriend, Bill Grice. He died seven months later.
Lesko had attended a “Gun Bash” at the Pittsburgh Elks Lodge No. 11 the day of the crash, paying $25 for unlimited servings of food and beer, and raffle chances to win guns. DNA evidence indicated Lesko was the driver.
Trail and Grice’s families and two others who survived the accident sued Lesko and the Elks lodge, claiming they were negligent.