Second $2.5 million verdict for a crash at poorly-designed intersection
ADDIS - A woman who lost three family members in a deadly car wreck received closure from a West Baton Rouge jury Wednesday.
Tammy Chauvin's parents, Albert and Jean Boudreaux, were killed along with Thelma Bizette. They died in a crash at the Sugar Plantation an LA 1 intersection on December 17, 2011.
Wednesday's decision was the second by a jury to award a $2.5 million verdict to families due to fatalities at the intersection.
Chauvin said her parents were great people who loved their church and community. Bizette is survived by her children, Cecil Bizette and Jeanette Kline.
The wreck in December 2011 was the second of the year. In April 2011, Les Miles' sister, Ann Hope Brown, was also killed in a crash. Since the wrecks, the state installed a stop light but has said the signal is temporary.
"I do no want any other family to have to go through what me and my family has gone through," said Chauvin.
Wednesday's verdict found the state's Department of Transportation and Development was 40 percent at fault for causing the accident. The jury found that the intersection was defective on the day of the accident and that DOTD had notice of the defect and had reasonable time to correct the defect but failed to do so.
"They have some closure now, and they can go on with their lives knowing their parents were not 100 percent at fault in causing this accident and that DOTD had some responsibility," said attorney Frank Tomeny.
The jury also found Jean Boudreaux was 60 percent at fault in pulling out of Sugar Plantation Parkway while her view was obstructed by a right turning motorist.