Thursday, February 21, 2008

Jury sides with DaimlerChrysler in suit over wreck


St. Louis — A jury sided with DaimlerChrysler Corp. this week in a product liability suit that blamed the automaker for a wreck that killed three young people in 2003 near Pacific.

Attorneys for Bobby Fultz claimed a defective design caused the front right tire to break away from his Dodge Dakota pickup. Fultz lost control and crashed head-on into a car on Highway O in Franklin County on the evening of Oct. 1, 2003.

On Tuesday, a St. Louis Circuit Court jury found in favor of DaimlerChrysler, which had argued that a cocktail of prescription drugs caused Fultz to swerve into oncoming traffic, hitting the oncoming Volvo.

The Volvo driver, Joshua Bessinger, 19, and his two passengers, Chelsee Cherryholmes, 18 and Matthew Carter, 20, were killed instantly. Fultz, who was airlifted to St. John's Mercy Medical Center, suffered crippling injuries.
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