Anthony and Michelle Leake sued after an accident with a tractor-trailer took the life of their son.
On May 11, 2002, Noah Leake, 18, was traveling on lnterstate 70 at the Benton Curve in Jackson County. Corey Griffin was driving his tractor-trailer in the same direction when it overturned on Noah Leake's car.
A fire erupted and Leake, pinned under the truck, died of smoke inhalation.
The Leakes filed a wrongful death suit against Griffin and his employer, Gainey Transportation Services, Inc., claiming that Griffin was driving too fast. They also sued the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission, claiming that the highway signage was inadequate.
The parties settled on the fourth day of trial, with Gainey paying $7.125 million and MHTC paying nothing.
To read the published settlement, click here.