Crash victim awarded millions

A 12 member jury has awarded the largest damage claim ever in Adair County.

Ann Ferguson, of Greencastle, Mo., had filed suit against the Missouri Department of Transportation and one of its employees, in connection with a crash that occurred in July of 2008.

In the crash, Ferguson was driving on Route O near Novinger, when her vehicle struck a MoDOT truck from behind. The MoDOT truck had been carrying a large log, which went through the windshield of Fergusonâ??s vehicle, seriously injuring her and killing a passenger, 10-year-old Allison Pfeiffer, of Greencastle. Another passenger, Ferguson's son Shane, who was 8 at the time, was also injured in the crash.

The jury found Ferguson to be 25% at fault in the incident, while finding MoDOT and it's employee, 75% at fault. The jury awarded Ferguson $14.6 million in damages.

Ferguson was represented in the case by Brad Kuhlman of Kansas City, A.W. Smith of Columbia and Jay Benson of Kirksville.

Previous stories....

A fund setup to help a local crash victim
- Friday, August 01, 2008A fund has been set up to help car accident victim Ann Ferguson and her family.
Boy injured in crash upgraded to good condition
- Sunday, July 27, 2008Shane Ferguson, 8, is upgraded to good condition
Rear end crash kills local child
- Saturday, July 26, 2008Rear end crash kills 10-year-old Allison Pfeiffer