A jury in Fort Worth, Texas has awarded more than $3 million to the family of a 17-year-old girl killed in a motor vehicle crash in 2014.
Esperanza Contreras was a senior at Western Mills High School when she was killed in a three-vehicle accident in Benbrook on the afternoon of December 11, 2014. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
After a two-day trial in the 67th District Court in early January, the jury returned a unanimous verdict and awarded $3,651,085 to her parents and estate.
The verdict was praised by Fort Worth personal injury lawyer Coby L. Wooten, who represented the girl’s family.
“This accident should never have happened,” Wooten said. “Nothing can bring Esperanza back, but the jury agreed that she and her family deserved justice.”
Attorney Mattilyn Smith assisted Wooten at trial.