A record setting verdict in a Ventura County civil lawsuit will stand after a judge denied the defense request for a new trial. The jury awarded $39 million to Anthony Pedeferri, a Californial Highway Patrol officer, and $10 million to the family of Rolando Parra.
CHP officer Anthony Pedeferri was left paralyzed in 2007 after Jeremy White of Paso Robles veered off Highway 101 near Faria Beach and struck Pedeferri and the vehicle he had pulled over for a routine traffic stop. Rolando Parra, the driver of the pulled-over vehicle, was killed. White was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2008 for his role in the accident.
Pedeferri and Parra’s family later filed a civil lawsuit against White and the owners of Bert’s Mega Mall in Covina, an outlet that sells motorcycles and other off-road vehicles. The families sued Bert’s because White was returning from Covina with two motorcycles he had purchased from Bert’s. Employees at Bert’s strapped the motorcycles into White’s truck. [Source]
Lawyers for the families of the victims proved during the trial that story employees improperly strapped in the motorcycles. Jeremy White pled guilty in July of 2008 to vehicular manslaughter. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
You can read all articles related to the case on the Ventura County Star website.