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Texas family awarded largest-ever compensation after drunk driving accident

Story at a glance

  • A 16-year-old and her grandmother died in a car crash by a drunk driver in Texas in 2017.
  • This week a jury awarded the victims’ family a little over $301 billion.
  • The jury’s decision became the largest personal injury award in US history.

A young girl was being driven home by her grandmother in Texas when a drunk driver suddenly crashed into them, killing them both. A jury this week decided the victims’ family were entitled to just over $301 billion in damages.

Tamra Kay Kindred was picking up her 16-year-old granddaughter Aujuni Tamay Anderson from her job at a Cici’s Pizza in November 2017. As she was driving home, a man ran a red light and hit her car. Both Kindred and her granddaughter died in the crash, along with the driver, Joshua Delbosque.

Authorities confirmed Delbosque was intoxicated, and the family of Kindred and Anderson sued the bar that had served him, Beer Belly’s Sports Bar, along with its owner, arguing its bartenders over-served him. 

The trial for Kindred and Anderson began this week, and the jury decided the family was entitled to just over $301 billion, according to ABC. The jury’s decision is the largest personal injury award in US history, with the previous largest amount ever given being $150 billion in 2011.


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Craig Sico, an attorney for Kindred and Anderson’s family, told CNN that during closing arguments he told the jury, “they needed to decide how loud their voice was going to be heard.”

Sico believes the dollar amount awarded is more symbolic, to show people the impact drunk driving has on families.

The US Department of Transportation says that every day, about 28 people across the country die in drunk driving crashes, amounting to one death every 52 minutes.

However, the Kindred and Anderson family doesn’t expect to actually receive any money from the bar or owner responsible for Delbosque’s intoxicated driving. The bar is currently out of business, and its previous owners don’t have enough capital to pay any of the judgment amount.

According to CNN, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) found that the liquor license for Beer Belly’s expired in September 2019 and the license had since been canceled.

A spokesperson for the TABC told CNN, “This case illustrates the consequences of selling alcohol to a person who’s already had too much. Texas law requires alcohol retailers to cut off customers who show signs of intoxication. Those who violate the law could face financial and legal consequences if their actions contribute to the loss of life.”

Delbosque left Beer Belly’s Sports Bar with a .263 blood alcohol concentration. The legal intoxication limit in Texas is .08 percent, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.


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