A Rolla, Missouri woman was awarded $150,000 from a jury for her husband’s wrongful death stemming from an auto accident. Majdi Najm was driving with his wife, Shahla Keyvan, when they were struck by a pick up truck driven by a 17 year old. Najm died instantly. The driver of the truck who struck their car was charged with failure to yield, and fined $150 in municipal court.
Both the driver and her father were named as defendants in the law suit. The father was named, because he allegedly allowed his daughter to drive to school with messages painted on her windows, which obstructed her view. However, the jury found in favor of the father, but against the daughter.
Missouri allows for a spouse to bring a wrongful death action under RSMo. 537.080.