According to the Chicago Tribune, a jury in Will County, Illinois awarded a $24 million verdict to the families of two people killed, as well as another person who was seriously injured, in a multiple car/eighteen wheeler crash in April 2004. The verdict was rendered against C.H. Robinson Worldwide Trucking, a Minnesota trucking company, and the truck driver, DeAn Henry.
A story on Chicagosuburbannews.comsaid that Joseph Sperl was on I-55 the day of the accident, slowing in traffic, when his car was hit by the tractor-trailer. Mr. Sperl was killed in the accident. The tractor-trailer also hit a car driven by Thomas Sanders, who lost his life in the accident. Five other people were injured in the accident that day.
Henry, the driver of the tractor-trailer, subsequently plead guilty to charges of driving on a suspended license and falsifying her log book, in relation to the accident. The $24 million verdict was the highest verdict in the past fifty years in Will County.