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January 29, 2013

Impaired driver broadsides vehicle 

The plaintiff alleged that the fatal crash was caused by a driver who failed to heed a red light because he was impaired by excessive prescription drug use. The jury awarded $13 million. Kroelinger v. Clark.

Keara Kroelinger, 26, was stopped at a red light. When the light turned green, she proceeded through the intersection and was struck broadside by Duane Clark’s truck. Kroelinger’s car was pushed 180 feet, causing her to suffer fatal injuries. She had been a graduate student and is survived by her parents and three siblings.

Kroelinger’s father sued Clark, alleging he was impaired by prescription drugs and failed to heed a red light. The plaintiff offered evidence that Clark’s medication level at the time of the crash was 20 times his proper prescription dosage.

The jury awarded $13 million.

Citation: Kroelinger v. Clark, No. CV09-901374 (Ala., Madison Co. Cir. Nov. 29, 2012).

Plaintiff counsel: AAJ member Gary Conchin, Huntsville, Ala.

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