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California Family Settles Civil Suit in Vehicular Manslaughter Case

Family receives undisclosed amount of money in vehicular manslaughter case settlement

The Modesto Bee reports the family of a California man who died when he was maliciously struck by a car has been awarded an undisclosed amount of money in a civil lawsuit.  The man’s family sought compensation for wrongful death, loss of financial support, and payment for his funeral expenses.

The lawsuit was brought after the criminal case concluded June 14, 2010, with a jury conviction for felony hit-and-run and misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in the 2008 attack.  The deceased was found near his north Modesto house after he was hit by a car “with enough force to throw him onto the hood of his car, then off the roof,” according to testimony in the criminal case.  Apparently, the attack was over loud music.

The defense attorney argued that the man acted in self-defense from a drunk and angry man who approached the other man’s vehicle and began climbing up the hood.

A trial was averted when the settlement was reached.  The judge requested a listing of expenditures by the plaintiffs “so I can confirm the money is being spent for the benefit of the children.”  They are to submit the information in May 2012.

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