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Los Angeles Jury Awards $20 Million to the Family of a Woman Killed by Drunk Driver in Lancaster, CA

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- A Los Angeles jury awarded $20 Million to the family of a woman killed by a drunk driver in Lancaster, CA. There was no question about who was responsible for the collision. However, the jury also found that Geico had refused to settle the case for the policy limits before trial.

According to the complaint, former Enterprise Elementary School principal, Mary Kruppe was heavily intoxicated when she drove her lifted Jeep Wrangler along a dimly lit road and crashed head-on into the Plaintiff's vehicle. The collision was so severe the Plaintiffs' daughter did not survive the impact. After the crash, Ms. Kruppe was transported to the hospital, where tests revealed that she had a blood alcohol concentration level of nearly three times the legal limit. 

"It's frustrating that insurance companies like Geico drag these clear liability cases out for years to avoid paying what's rightfully owed to our clients," said lead trial attorney R. Rex Parris of PARRIS Law Firm. "These aggressive tactics by insurance companies do nothing more than prolong the suffering of a grieving family," Parris added.

"Ms. Kruppe clearly knew her actions would put everyone on the road in danger, yet she still decided to get behind the wheel after a night of heavy drinking," said PARRIS Law Firm trial attorney Alexander R. Wheeler. "Our client's daughter had such a bright future ahead of her, but it was shattered because of Ms. Kruppe's reckless behavior," Wheeler added.

The case is Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. 20AVCV00162.

About PARRIS Law Firm

PARRIS Law Firm is recognized as one of America's top personal injury, employment, and environmental law firms. With a proven track record of fighting for justice on behalf of families and individuals, the firm boasts numerous verdicts and settlements between the seven and ten figures. To learn more about the firm, please go to: www.parris.com 


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