Nevada Jury Awards $10M After Mom Dies In DUI Crash

April 3, 2014

A Clark Count, Nev. jury has awarded $10 million to the family of a 28-year-old woman who died when her friend drove drunk after a birthday party.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported James LaPelusa and his two sons won the damages in the 2010 death of their wife and mother.

Shanna LaPelusa had split several bottles of wine with friends at the now-closed Half Shell seafood restaurant before she and two friends headed home Nov. 6, 2010.

The car crashed down an embankment, and LaPelusa was thrown from the vehicle and died.

Driver Summer Mackie was convicted of DUI after her blood alcohol content measured more than twice the legal limit.

The jury decided LaPelusa was 25 percent responsible and Mackie was 75 percent responsible for the death.

The $10 million, to be paid by Mackie and her family or her insurance company, will be split into three equal parts, one for James LaPelusa and each of his sons, whom he now raises alone. About $370,000 was awarded for past suffering, and $9.6 million is for the future.

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  • April 4, 2014 at 1:10 pm
    bob says:
    the article doesn't mention what the policy limits were which would have been revealed during the discovery phase of the proceedings. and in fact it doesn't state the name of ... read more
  • April 4, 2014 at 1:09 pm
    Libby says:
    True, but I didn't see any mention of a settlement in the article, either within or outside of policy llimits.
  • April 4, 2014 at 10:29 am
    Original Bob says:
    On the part of the insurance company. If the insurance company failed to settle the suit within the policy limits, when there was an opportunity to do so, it may have been he... read more
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