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Bryan Jury Awards Family of Hit-and-Run Victim Carly Beatty $69 Million in Damages

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lethalninja
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https://wtaw.com/brazos-county-district-court-jury-awards-a-69-million-dollar-judgment/

The total amount is $69 million in compensatory damages and $250,000 in exemplary (punitive) damages
EliteElectric
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Payable from an indigent man serving 15 years? Might as well made it 69 billion
lethalninja
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He was able to hire two attorneys (husband and wife) for the civil case (he was appointed an attorney for the criminal case), but I agree that he'll never be able to pay off the $69 million. Also, he accused Carly Beatty's parents of negligence, which is messed up.
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Isn't this the guy who said, "I don't mix with the laws" upon being caught?

Just checked. Yup. They won't see a penny of that money, unfortunately.
lethalninja
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He said he doesn't deal with the laws, but he ended up getting fifteen out of twenty years and owes $69 million in damages (he definitely won't be able to pay that much), so he deals with them now. Surprisingly, if he gets arrested for drunk driving again after he gets out of prison, it would be a misdemeanor the first two times, since he was charged with and convicted of manslaughter, not intoxication manslaughter (if he was convicted of the latter, he would be facing up to twenty years if he was arrested for drunk driving after he gets out). Manslaughter is easier to prove than intoxication manslaughter and they're both punishable by up to twenty years, which is why he was charged with it.

After the verdict, the Beatty family's attorney, Michael Stacy, released this statement:

"With its verdict, the jury sent a clear message that this community will not tolerate intoxicated drivers needlessly and recklessly endangering the lives of others. The verdict was a reflection of the remarkable but short life of Carly Beatty and the magnitude of Suzanne and Robert Beatty's loss. This case was never about money for the Beattys. The wrongful death case was pursued because they wanted Mr. Puga to know about the beautiful, kind, young woman's life that he took. Most importantly, the Beattys hope that the message sent by the jury will deter similar conduct in the future and spare other parents from their worst nightmare - the loss of a child."

Beatty was an animal science major at Texas A&M with the aspiration of becoming a vet. In her honor, her family created a nonprofit called Carly's Way to continue her dream of helping animals in need.
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AG
sad story.

Victim's life turned upside down by this clown.
Jury awarded her an incredible amount.
Perp will likely never earn enough to pay for even 2-3 % of the damages awarded to her.

lethalninja
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The victim is deceased, so the victim's parents were suing him. They won't see much of the $69 million, but at least he'll be in debt for the rest of his life.
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