On October 31, 2008, Tabitha Carroll, 32, was driving to a pumpkin patch with her family in Huntley, Illinois, when a semi-tractor trailer driven by Jeffrey Repec rear-ended the pickup truck in which she was a passenger, pushing it into a vehicle belonging to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Carroll was pronounced dead at the scene, while her husband Randolph and three-year-old son Gabriel sustained injuries.
A police investigation at the time of the crash revealed that Repec had been driving while under the influence of marijuana. In a criminal trial, after pleading guilty to aggravated driving under the influence of drugs, Repec was sentenced to a 45-month stay in the Jacksonville (Illinois) Correctional Center.
The $6.5 million settlement included $4.7 million for the wrongful death of Carroll, plus $1.5 million and $300,000 for the injuries sustained by Carroll's husband and son, respectively.