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06-14-06, 11:21 PM #1
Lawnmower lawsuit verdict
Jury awards $2 million in lawnmower death lawsuit
by Denise Eck / WSLS NewsChannel 10
Jun 14, 2006
Jurors say a lawnmower maker is responsible for the death of a 4-year-old boy.
Justin Simmons died in April 2004 after being run over by a lawnmower at his Daleville day care center.
Jurors decided the maker of the lawnmower, MTD, should pay Justin Simmons' family $2 million. That is a third of the $6 million the family sought.
Ron and Kristie Simmons said this case was not about money, but about getting safer lawnmowers.
I want the industry to understand there is a problem, children are being run over, and they need to fix the problem,” said juror Theresa Reed. “They have recalls on vehicles. Have recalls on riding lawn mowers. Fix it.”
But John Fitzpatrick, attorney for MTD, continues to believe the fault lies with Orville Reedy, the man mowing the lawn who hit Justin.
“It is absolute absurdity that a man would drive a power mower with a 4-year-old in the yard, back up without looking, and blame the mower,” he said. “What has happened to personal responsibility and common sense in this country? I don't know.
When this case began, the Simmons family was also suing the Reedys. Earlier this week the family dropped that case.
Fitzpatrick said MTD planned to appeal.
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This was a terrible tragedy. Very sad from every aspect. But WTF is the jury trying to prove? This is why we are a sue happy society.
06-14-06, 11:56 PM #2
That would be like suing Ford for a drunk driving death. Damn people, get a grip.\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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06-15-06, 12:25 AM #3
Or suing Glock because some idiot accidentally shot someone.
06-15-06, 12:35 AM #4Originally Posted by lesta311
06-15-06, 12:36 AM #5Originally Posted by TacticalIIThere’s a promise I need you to make
While I’m gone you take care of the love
And I’ll deal with the hate.
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Just care for your children and sleep tight
I’ll keep you safe on my watch tonight
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06-15-06, 01:49 AM #6
more like... shooting the children, then calling the parents and telling them the gun came alive and went on a rampage... all by itself.
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06-15-06, 02:43 AM #7
Our judicial system is soooo great. Whatever happened to common sense.
06-15-06, 05:31 AM #8Originally Posted by TacticalIIHere Speeder, Speeder, Speeder
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