Verdicts & Settlements

Lawrence Co. Jury Awards Parents of Fatal Crash Victim

McConnell v. Guru Global Logistics $5.5 Million Verdict

The Legal Intelligencer

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Date of Verdict: Dec. 19, 2013.

Court and Case No.: C.P. Lawrence No. 11225-10.

Judge: Judge Dominick Motto.

Type of Action: Wrongful death.

Injuries: Death.

Plaintiffs Counsel: Jeffrey B. Killino, Killino Firm, Philadelphia.

Defense Counsel: Paul S. Guarnieri, Malone Middleman, Pittsburgh; Robert Grimm, Swartz Campbell, Pittsburgh.

Comment: A $5.5 million verdict has been awarded in a wrongful death case to the parents of a man who died shortly after his vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer.

The verdict in McConnell v. Guru Global Logistics was handed up by a Lawrence County jury late last month to plaintiffs Vickie and Mark A. McConnell, the parents of then-22-year-old Mark A. McConnell II, who was struck in his car by a tractor-trailer driven by defendant Andrew V. Johnson.

This is the largest Lawrence County verdict to have been reported by the Law Weekly and The Legal Intelligencer over the past 20 years, according to information compiled in The Legal's annual magazine, PaLaw. According to PaLaw, Lombardo v. Gardner, a $2.79 million medical malpractice verdict in 2006, was formerly the top Lawrence County verdict.

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