Man awarded $13.8 million in fatal 2008 pileup

Tuesday, August 25, 2009 | 10:32 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — A federal magistrate judge has ruled that a truck driver and his company must pay $13.8 million to a man severely injured in a pileup that killed three people in suburban St. Louis last year.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the man's wife also was awarded $4.2 million after the accident, in which a tractor-trailer smashed into several vehicles on Interstate 64 last July. Besides the three deaths, 18 people were injured.

The crash left 53-year-old Mark Tiburzi confined to a nursing home, unable to walk or talk.

The truck driver, Jeffrey D. Knight, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in St. Louis County. Officials say a cell phone call distracted Knight before the accident.

U.S. Magistrate Judge David D. Noce ruled last week that Knight and the trucking company, Holmes Transport Inc. of Muscle Shoals, Ala., must pay damages to Tiburzi and his wife, Cheryl, of St. Peters. The couple have two children and a grandchild.



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