19-Year-Old Girl Scouts Counselor Killed in Accident with Inexperienced Truck Driver
A 19-year-old woman who was an honor student in high school and college was traveling westbound to her job as a counselor at the Girl Scouts of Florida when she suddenly lost control of her vehicle after hitting the shoulder of the roadway. An inexperienced truck driver who clearly saw the young woman’s vehicle in his lane of travel, and had almost three football field-lengths to react, failed to apply his brakes or take any evasive action until after impact, which killed her instantly. Partner David C. Prather represented the young woman’s parents. They sued the truck driver and his company, as well as their insurance company, Liberty Mutual. The case settled for $626,000, of which $500,000 was received from the truck driver and his company.