A judge in New Mexico recently awarded nearly $80 million dollars to the family of a woman who died in 2002 when a truck hit her car and buried it in a load of sand, slowly suffocating her as teachers and students at a nearby school frantically tried to dig her out. Students, teachers and other bystanders frantically tried to dig Laura Miera out from under the sand while it slowly buried her car and suffocated her to death.
Laura Miera had just dropped off her 14-year-old daughter at Jimmy Carter middle school and was waiting at a traffic light when the Albuquerque Redi-Mix semi-trailer struck her car, rolled and began pouring out its open load of sand on top of her. Teachers, students and others bystanders tried to dig out the 48-year-old woman by hand. One counselor tried to comfort Miera as the car filled with sand. “It was devastating,” said the attorney who has represented Miera’s family in their 10-year legal fight. “The school counselor was holding her hand, praying while the sand just rose above her head and the counselor just kept saying ‘Squeeze my hand if you can hear me.’ She squeezed for a while until she died.”
According to the accident report the driver of the truck had 2 drinking while driving charges on his driving record before being hired by the company and the truck had an expired registration and three brakes out of adjustment at the time of the accident. The judge included $60 million in punitive damages against Albuquerque Redi-Mix and Quintana Enterprises Inc; the companies’ owners, John and Barbara Quintana; and truck driver Truman Bahe and in the judges final order she wrote that the conduct of the Quintana’s and that of their companies continued to endanger the public and had caused the Miera’s a “Slow and painful death”.
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