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$3.1 Million Jury Verdict Awarded to Drunk Driving Victim’s Family

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A LeHigh County, Pennsylvania jury awarded a victim’s family and estate a $3.1 million verdict last Friday, after she was killed by a drunk driver on the evening of her 25th birthday. The victim, Sheena Marie Villa, pleaded with the driver of her vehicle, 30-year-old Robert E. LaBarre, to slow down as he drove 85 mph, lost control and crashed into an oak tree.

The jury did not find the bar that was serving LaBarre liable. Instead, they found LaBarre 85% at fault and Villa 15% at fault. They awarded the family $1.1 million in compensatory damages and $2 million in punitive damages. LaBarre is currently serving a 5 ½ to 12 year sentence for vehicular homicide.