Settlement Reached in Traffic Accident Death in Missouri

October 14, 2010

The parents of a southwest Missouri girl who died in a traffic accident have reached a settlement in their wrongful death lawsuit.

Andy and Debbie Smallwood of Carthage will receive $50,000 from American Family Insurance Group to settle their lawsuit against 20-year-old Jarub R. Baird.

Baird is serving a prison sentence for manslaughter and vehicular assault after a December 2008 accident near Carthage. The Joplin Globe reports that Baird, who was 17 at the time, was speeding and lost control of his car.

The Smallwood’s 15-year-old daughter, Hannah, died in the accident. Another passenger suffered a brain injury. Baird and another passenger suffered only minor injuries.

Information from: The Joplin Globe

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