Jury awards $6.1M to brothers injured in Marion crash

March 24, 2017
The Indiana Lawyer

A judge this week certified what’s believed the largest-ever Grant County jury trial award of damages in a case stemming from a fatal car crash that happened almost eight years ago.

Judge Jeffrey D. Todd this week certified a jury’s $6.1 million verdict against the estate of Karen L. Roush and in favor of two brothers who were injured as teens in a car her vehicle struck.  

Taylor and Kolby O’Banion of Marion were at an intersection when a car driven by Roush crossed the center line at a high rate of speed, struck their car, left the road and struck a light pole before coming to a stop. Roush was killed in the crash.

Litigation combined in the case included a product-liability claim filed by Roush’s estate against Ford, alleging the accelerator stuck on her 2005 Mercury Monterey van that was involved in the crash.

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