Jury awards families $6 million in Crescent suit

Jury awards families $6 million in Crescent suit

Jury awards families $6 million in Crescent suit

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by MICHAEL GORDON / The Charlotte Observer

WCNC.com

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Updated Friday, May 10 at 9:23 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Mecklenburg County jury has awarded a $6 million judgment for families who filed a negligence suit against Crescent Resources.

Two families sued Crescent, claiming that the company’s failure to install a promised light at an intersection on N.C. 49 contributed to three deaths there in 2009.

On April 4, 2009, two drivers began racing on N.C. 49 south of Steele Creek. After reaching speeds of up to 100 mph, according to testimony, one of the drivers slammed into a car driven by Cindy Furr. The collision killed the Winthrop University professor and her two-year-old daughter, Mackie.

Also killed was Hunter Holt, a 13-year-old passenger in the racing car.

Jurors Friday awarded $3 million each to the families of the two children. They did not award damages in the death of Cindy Furr.

Earlier Friday, the foreman told Superior Court Judge Robert Ervin that the jury is locked in an 8-3-1 vote and that three jurors “are not willing to move forward from their position.”

Thursday afternoon, the jury was split 4-5-3, with the foreman letting it slip, against the judge’s wishes, that four jurors favored the plaintiffs.

Company attorneys had argued that traffic studies before the accident found that the light was not warranted. They say the deaths were caused by two drivers who started racing each other at high speeds. One of them crashed into another at the intersection. Three people died.

The trial lasted three weeks. It has been in the jury’s hands since Tuesday.

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