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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Jury Awards Family $3.5 Million in Death of Son

A Gainesville, Florida jury found that GM was negligent in a SUV rollover crash that killed 14-year-old Matthew Reynolds in 2002. Though the accident happened in 2002, the Reynolds family didn't sue GM until 2006, claiming that the design of the 1995 Chevrolet Blazer had something to do with Matthew's death.

In early June 2002, Bonnie Reynolds was driving on I-985 with her son in the front seat of the Blazer. They were hit by a Pontiac Sunbird when its drunk driver lost control. The Blazer flipped several times, ejecting Matthew. He died the next day in the hospital. The drink driver, 40-year-old William Richard Merritt, was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide and is currently serving his sentence.

However, GM was taken to task for a vehicle whose make and model was built with its center or gravity for the wheel base too high, and that the distance between wheels (the "track") should have been widened to avoid problems with stability. The Reynolds family's lawyer alleged that Blazers made between 1995 and 2002 have similar defects.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an SUV rollover, please contact the Accident Lawyers Network to find an experienced injury lawyer in your area.

posted by Neil at 2:35 PM

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