Texas Jury Ordered Ford To Pay $225 Million To The Famillies Of The Victims Of A Crash. Ford Motor Co. was ordered by a Texas jury to pay $225 million to the families of an assistant high school football coach and a student who died after being thrown from the pickup truck in which they were riding.
Trial Involves Defective Roof And Door Latches
The case was the first to go to trial involving allegedly defective roof and door latches in Ford’s F 150 extended cab pickup truck, said Ford and lawyers for the plaintiffs. The truck rolled over on July 26, 2001, in the southern Texas town of Benavides, killing Paul Alaniz, 35, the driver, and his passenger, Laura Benavides, 20. The jury awarded $110 million to Alaniz’s family and $115 million on behalf of Benavides.
The verdict on Friday is the largest compensatory damage award in a personal injury or wrongful death claim against Ford, the second largest automaker, both sides said.