$27 million awarded to mother of woman killed in truck crash

The mother of a Buena Vista woman killed in a 2017 truck collision will receive $27 million for the death of her daughter, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported

A Columbus jury Wednesday handed down its verdict that Cindy Tran Huynh’s mother would be awarded $22 million for the value of her daughter’s life and $5 million for the suffering her daughter endured, according to the newspaper.

The wreck happened Jan. 26, 2017. Truck driver George Hooks was headed west on Macon Road in a 2012 Cascadia Freightliner on the way to his employer’s terminal on Technology Parkway in Columbus, according to the Ledger-Enquirer. 

Huynh was in a 2009 Yamaha FZ6R heading the opposite direction.

Both Hooks and Huynh had a green light when they reached the intersection, but police determined Huynh had the right of way, as she was headed straight. Hooks was turning left in front of her on the five-lane road, and should have yielded, the newspaper reported.

“There was nothing that … Cindy Tran Huynh could have or should have done under the circumstances to avoid or minimize the collision,” said the suit filed Feb. 10, 2017.

The truck driver later acknowledged the error was his alone, the suit said: “Cindy Tran Huynh was an innocent victim, as admitted by defendant Hooks during his deposition… . Hooks has admitted the crash was 100 percent his fault.” 

Hooks’ employer, MDV SpartanNash, and its liability insurer, XL Insurance America Inc., were held liable in court for the driver’s negligence, the paper reported.

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