Massachusetts Woman Gets $6.4M in Drunken Driving Civil Suit

April 6, 2009

A Haverhill, Massachusetts woman severely injured when a drunken driver struck her vehicle has been awarded $6.4 million in a lawsuit, but her lawyer said she is unlikely to see much of the money.

An attorney for Stephanie Baril says the $4.8 million court judgment this week — $6.4 million when interest is included — brings some closure, but will never allow her to achieve her dream of becoming a psychologist and writer.

Attorney Daniel Chabot said the man convicted in the case is in jail and his total assets are unknown.

Baril was returning to Hampshire College in January 2006 after a movie when a pickup truck struck her car near the Amherst school’s entrance. Police said the truck driver, Barry Allen Bernier, was drunk and driving 100 mph in a 35 mph zone.


Information from: Eagle Tribune

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