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Jury Awards $132 Million Settlement in Bus Crash Lawsuit


This is a settlement for the Personal Injury lawsuit.

El Paso, TX: A jury in El Paso has awarded a $132 million settlement to the victims of a bus crash that killed two people and critically injured several others. This is one of the largest jury awards in the nation.

The case, pending in state court since 2005, alleged that a Los Paisanos van carrying 11 people had bald tires and no safety belts. These defects resulted in the deaths and injuries to the passengers when the bus slid off a state highway just outside Denver.

According to the lawsuit, 33 people from El Paso and Juárez boarded a Los Pai sanos bus in El Paso and headed for Denver in October 2005. Once the bus reached Denver, 11 of the passengers, all from Juárez, were transferred to a 15-passenger van owned by Los Paisanos. They were headed to Nebraska. Testimony given during the trial indicated that the van was on a highway just outside Denver when the driver, Heriberto Flores-Garcia, began speeding and eating at the same time. He lost control of the van, which went over an embankment and rolled, according to testimony.

Passengers Teresa Lozano Acevedo and Ascencion Ra mirez Caraveo died of injuries received in the crash. Five others were injured but survived the accident; they are Roberto Pacheco, Ariosto Manriquez, Manuel Parra, Maria Aguilar and Magdaleno Borrego-Lares.

The survivors joined with the family members of the deceased to file a civil lawsuit against Los Paisanos.

The jury found against the bus company and its owner Uriel Chaivira.

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Published on Dec-10-10


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I was on bus going to casino, went slamed his brakes,i did not have seat belts,on the bus, i broke tree ribs my teeths broken, front. my neck and broken,

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