According to an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on ajc.com, the widow of a Snellville man who died after his car was struck by a speeding county police vehicle was awarded $2 million by a Gwinnett County jury on Thursday.
Willie Allen Sargent was killed in the incident on December 15, 2006 as he was attempting a left-hand turn into Uncle Woody’s Party Place on US 78 and was hit by Gwinnett County Police Officer James Stoudenmire who was responding as backup to a call in Snellville. Per the lawsuit, Stoudenmire was traveling at 78-80 mph and did not have emergy lights or sirens going.
The decision is being appealed according to the attorney representing the county due to evidence that could not be admitted in the civil trial. Additionally, the attorney for the county stated he will also appeal the judge’s pretrial ruling about the cap on verdicts. The attorney argued that Georgia law in 2006, at the time of the incident, capped verdicts against counties at $100,000, which was based on sovereign immunity, protecting governemnts from liability. As such, Mr. Sargent’s widow, Faustina, will not receive the awarded compensation until the appeal process is over and settled.
Our deepest sympathies remain with Ms. Sargent as well as Mr. Sargent’s family and friends.
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