Ford To Pay Over a Billion After Truck Crash Kills Couple

Ford To Pay Over a Billion After Truck Crash Kills Couple

Ford DEVASTATED By Massive Lawsuit

( – In 2014, a couple died in a horrifying rollover crash in Georgia. Their children later sued Ford Motor Company for wrongful death. A Gwinnett County jury has finally handed down a verdict in the case.

On Friday, August 19, the jury unanimously awarded Adam and Kim Hill $1.7 billion in punitive damages in their wrongful death suit. Their parents, Melvin Hill, 74, and his wife, Voncile, 62, were traveling on a highway in Sumter County when a tire blew out on their 2002 Ford Super Duty F-250. That caused the truck to roll, killing them. The jury had previously awarded the couple’s children $24 million in compensatory damages.

During the trial, the Hills’ legal team submitted evidence showing almost 80 similar crashes in which the rollover crushed the vehicles’ roofs. People also died in some of those accidents. The company reportedly knew it was a problem for years but didn’t act quickly enough. Attorney Jim Butler Jr. told the jury the company built 5.2 million trucks with the same dangerous design flaw.

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ford released a statement after the verdict vowing to appeal, saying the ruling wasn’t “supported by the evidence.” Butler told the newspaper that the Hill siblings are “thankful to the jury for their verdict.”

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