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Wrongful Death

Fayette County, WV: (Mar-04-08) The state of West Virginia will be paying out $2.6 million in settlements in order to resolve several lawsuits brought against it. One of the suits was brought by the estate of Julia Carolyn Strickland, a 47-year-old Fayette County woman, after she was killed in 2000.

The suit claimed that Strickland was fatally injured in 2000 after a tractor trailer struck her vehicle on state Route 39. An accident investigation determined that a paving project underway at the accident site was to blame. West Virginia Paving Inc. was laying asphalt at the crash scene and the holes were left along the side of the road. Strickland's car struck a drainage grate and sent her into oncoming traffic where she struck the tractor trailer. Her family brought the wrongful death suit against the state, seeking compensation for her untimely demise.

Records show that as part of a settlement reached, the state agreed to a $500,000 payout to resolve the claim. Apart from that, the state will pay $877,753 on behalf of the Division of Corrections to the state's regional jails. Another $529,087 is money West Virginia University owes American Vending Co. The state will also pay $213,000, which accounts for more than 90 other claims against the Division of Highways. [WVVA TV: WEST VIRGINIA TO PAY $2.6 MILLION IN SETTLEMENTS]

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Published on Mar-5-08


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