Ohio Construction Company to Pay $4M for Fatal Crash

January 16, 2015

An appeals court has ruled a Cincinnati construction company must pay $4 million to the family of a Tennessee couple killed when they slammed into the back of a dump truck entering an interstate in a construction zone.

A Warren County jury in 2013 found John R. Jergensen Co. was 25 percent liable for the 2009 accident that killed Nicholas and Amanda Poe. A dump truck entered the left lane on Interstate 75 in Warren County and traveled about 25 seconds before the Poes’ vehicle crashed into the back of it.

The company sought to overturn that verdict, arguing Nicholas Poe was solely responsible, but the 12th Ohio District Court of Appeals on Monday upheld the judgment, saying the company could’ve taken steps to reduce chances of an accident.

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