A Maryland jury awarded $90 million today (Apr. 17) to the family of a 13-year-old girl that was struck by a car and killed in 2009. The Prince George County court made the final ruling after Ashley Davis, a freshman at Crossland High School, was hit by a vehicle that also struck another teen after attempting to cross the street to her bus stop in Temple Hills. Davis failed to recover from her sustained injuries and unfortunately passed away on Sept. 1 2009.
Davis’ family subsequently sued the county’s Board of Education for wrongful death, citing that the proper safety precautions were not in place for students. John Costello, the family’s lawyer, argued that the board’s officials failed to create adequate safety procedures for travelling students. Briant Coleman, the school system’s spokesman, declined to comment on the case.
“They had adopted a policy to provide for safe transportation. The policy was they were going to pick up Ashley on her own side of the street. They never did. They forced her to cross the street. She got killed crossing the street,” Costello told NBC.
The school system is expected to appeal the verdict that was handed down by the six-member jury.
“The jury was upset that [the school board’s] policy was not followed for a full week and a little girl in her first year of high school ended up suffering the consequences,” Costello said.