Type of action: Wrongful death
Injuries alleged: Death
Name of judge or mediator: Judge Diane Strickland (Ret.)
Date resolved: 7/14/2021
Special damages: Funeral expenses totaling $10,000
Verdict or settlement: Settlement
Attorneys for plaintiff (and city): Paul R. Thomson III and Bettina Altizer, Roanoke
Description of case: Decedent was a 61-year-old woman who was killed instantly when she was rear-ended by another vehicle that was struck and pushed into her by a tractor-trailer. She was divorced and was survived by her five adult children. There were no economic damages other than the funeral bill. Defendant driver claimed to have been blinded by the sun.