Jury Awards $20M in ATV Accident Death

Jury Awards $20M in ATV Accident Death

A Florida jury recently awarded $20 million in damages to the parents of a 13-year-old boy who died in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accident.

Donald “D.J.” Roberts was an eighth grader at Pasco Middle School in 2002 when the ATV accident took his life. In their lawsuit, D.J.’s parents alleged that Timothy Mark Taylor was “responsible” for the 1986 Honda ATV and had invited their son over to ride it.

According to the parents’ attorney, Hendrik Uiterwyk, D.J. “was almost decapitated” when the ATV crashed into a barbed wire fence. A 10-year-old boy was also on the ATV at the time of the accident and suffered some injury.

The lawsuit accused Taylor of failing to provide the boys with supervision, failing to secure the ignition, and failing to maintain the ATV in “safe” condition. Taylor did not appear in court and had no lawyers there to represent him.

Even though the parents obtained a favorable verdict, “it doesn’t bring them any pleasure because they still lost a 13-year-old son,” said Uiterwyk.

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