San Bernardino, CA (PRWEB) July 18, 2013
The parents of Bailey Sloan, who was killed in a DUI crash on October 24, 2009 on I-215 North near the Washington Street off-ramp in Grand Terrace, California, started their civil trial against Defendant Cynthia Redmond on July 3 in the San Bernardino County Superior Court under case number CIVDS 1014398. The parents were seeking money damages for the loss of their daughter.
The parents' complaint in the suit stated that Bailey Sloan was killed by Redmond who was driving under the influence of alcohol. The crash occurred on October 24, 2009 on the 215 Northbound at the Washington Street exit in Grand Terrace.
“My clients lost their daughter forever, but the defendant will eventually go back to her family, to her life,” said Stewart Albertson in his closing argument on behalf of the parents.
Albertson continued, “My clients don’t want to be here. They don’t want to be asking you for money, but that’s their only recourse. If they had it their way, they would only ask you (the jury) for the ultimate justice – to have Bailey walk through those doors, take her parents by the hands, take her sister by the hands, and walk out of this courtroom as a family.”
Albertson concluded his closing argument by telling the jury, “I want each of you to have the courage to make a verdict that will memorialize forever the value of Bailey Sloan to her parents.”
Redmond’s defense attorney, Scott B. Spriggs, told the jury that death was inevitable and the jurors were being asked to put a dollar amount on something that everyone will experience. “This (the lawsuit) is about money,” said Spriggs.
The jury deliberated all afternoon on July 9 and came to a verdict in the morning on July 10. The verdict was read by the clerk in open court. The total verdict was $5,650,000 for the losses sustained by the parents.
“My clients are thrilled with the verdict. They now believe justice has been served as members of the community have stated that Bailey had significant value. My client’s were very upset that the Defendant never apologized to them, and this was their vindication that Bailey was special,” said Albertson after the verdict was read.
“Hopefully, my clients can now start to move on with their lives. This has been a long four years for them,” concluded Albertson.