Nissan Settles Suit Over South Carolina Teen Crash Death for $1.5M

August 14, 2019

Nissan Motor Co. has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the estate of an 18-year-old who died in the crash of a vehicle that lacked a rollover sensor.

The State reports Nissan Motor Co. and Ashlynn Overton’s estate settled Tuesday. Overton’s estate will receive approximately $776,030 and the lawyers about $675,000.

Overton was a rising senior in 2017 when an oncoming vehicle veered into her lane, hitting the front bumper of her 2016 Nissan Versa and causing the rollover crash. Overton was ejected from the car.

Overton’s estate attorney Chris Moore says the vehicle did not have a sensor that would have activated the side curtain air bags if it rolled over and the air bags may have prevented fatal head trauma.

Nissan attorney Kevin Malloy says no law required the sensors at the time of the crash. The company also said Overton was not wearing a seatbelt.

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