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Parties Settle in Fatal DUI Case

Hennessey v. Pond $2 Million Settlement

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Date of Verdict: Jan. 14.

Court and Case No.: C.P. Philadelphia No. 110803267

Judge: None.

Type of Action: Motor vehicle.

Injuries: Death.

Plaintiffs Counsel: Kevin R. Marciano, Marciano & MacAvoy, Media, Pa.

Defense Counsel: Matthew P. Mann, Barry McTiernan & Wedinger, Trevose, Pa., for Kenny's Bar and Restaurant Inc.; Charles B. Stokes, Russo & Toner, Trevose, Pa., for CMJ Sheffield Inc.; Lee H. Rosenau, Dion, Rosenau, Smith, Menszak & Aaron, Philadelphia, for Pond.

Plaintiffs Experts: G. John DiGregorio, toxicology, Philadelphia; Kevin E. O'Connor, accident reconstruction, Phoenixville, Pa.; Dr. Wayne K. Ross, neuropathology, Lancaster, Pa.; Andrew C. Verzilli, economist, Lansdale, Pa.

Defense Counsel Dr. Wilhelmina C. Korevaar, anesthesiology, Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

Comment: On Feb. 25, 2011, plaintiffs decedent Caitlin Hennessey, 22, was a passenger in an SUV being driven along Byberry Road in Bensalem by defendant Susan Pond, according to the plaintiff's pretrial memorandum. Hennessey, Pond, who was then 20, and another passenger, Melissa F. Lees, had allegedly consumed alcohol at Kenny's Spirited Eatery, which was owned by defendant Kenny's Bar and Restaurant Inc., and Paddy Whacks, a bar and restaurant owned by defendant CMJ Sheffield Inc., the memo said. According to the memo, Pond was allegedly speeding before she lost control of the vehicle and struck a utility pole. Hennessey and Lees died.

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