KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A trucking company has agreed to pay 18 million dollars to settle a lawsuit filed by the families of three women killed in a June 2006 crash.
The parent company of Pro Logistics and two of its subsidiaries agreed to the payment yesterday, two days after a jury found the company liable for the women's deaths and ordered them to pay 15 million dollars.
Jurors were deliberating whether and how much the company should pay in punitive damages when Pro Logistics agreed to the higher amount.
Killed in the crash were Beverly Garrett, who led the federal government employees union in Kansas City; her mother, Beulah Hunter; and Elois Jeans, Garrett's aunt.
Also killed was Anita Gibbs, Garrett's niece and an elementary school principal in Kansas City.