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Sun Nov 18, 2018, 05:55 AM

Gilmer jury awards $260 million to parents of man killed in 2016 wreck with tractor-trailer

Jurors in Gilmer awarded a $260 million verdict Friday in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the parents of a man who died in a February 2016 collision with a tractor-trailer on U.S. 271.

The Gilmer-based law firm of Goudarzi & Young reported the parents of Riley McPherson, 21, sued Jefferson Trucking, driver Eric Wayne Jefferson and Timothy Wayne Jefferson before 115th District Judge Lauren Parish.

According to the firm, McPherson was driving south on the highway when his vehicle collided with a flatbed tractor-trailer carrying steel pipe and blocking lanes in both directions as it backed into a private driveway.

The firm quoted an investigation indicating the truck’s driver had been returning home from Ohio in a 17-hour drive, “well in excess of the daily allowable hours” under state and federal laws.

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