Synopsis: Decedent was an avid off-road racer who won the Baja 1000 in 1979. In 2007, he was again participating in the Baja 1000, in Baja, Mexico. His chase car was struck head-on by another support vehicle resulting in his death. His family brought a wrongful death suit against the driver of the support vehicle and the owners of the race team, the Theriot Family. After a half-day trial, the parties entered into a $1 million settlement agreement.
Case Type: Negligence –Other
Case Name: Reva v Wreesman
Case Number: SCV-245248
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Attorney for Plaintiff: Thomas R. Laube – Sandler, Lasry, Laube, Byer & Valdez LLP, San Diego.
Attorney for Defense: Charles S. Custer – Gordon & Rees, San Francisco.
Judge: Honorable Rene Chouteau
Facts: Decedent was an avid off-road racer who won the Baja 1000 in 1979. In November 2007, he was again participating in the Baja 1000 in Baja, Mexico. He was traveling in a chase car on a Mexican highway when a support vehicle from another race team struck his vehicle head-on. Decedent was pinned inside the vehicle for approximately one and a half hours before rescue personnel could extract him. He was transported to a local hospital, but passed away a few hours later. The accident was not during the actual race and occurred on a public roadway. Decedent’s family filed a wrongful death claim against the driver who struck decedent’s vehicle. They also brought suit against the owners of the race team on an agency theory, contending that the driver was acting on their behalf and under their direction.
Contentions: Plaintiffs contended the accident occurred because defendant lost control of his vehicle and crossed over the center line. Defendant claimed that a vehicle came into his lane and forced him over the center line.
Result: After a half day of evidence, the case settled for $1 million.
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