New Roads, La. – An 18th Judicial District jury awarded a 9-year-old boy $2.41 million for the loss of his mother in a car crash last year.
Trina Williams, 29, died following the Jan. 7, 2001, crash in front of the Oak Tree Inn in Livonia, according to a news release provided by the boy’s attorney. Nine-year-old Donovan Jamal Williams was represented by attorneys Lewis Unglesby and Thomas Nelson. In the crash, a Dupre Transport Truck slammed into the rear of a Renzenberger Inc. van being driven by Loretta Jarreau of Livonia. The van was forced through the guardrail on U.S. 190 and into the oncoming car of Trina Williams, the news release said.
The lawsuit named Dupre Transport and its driver, Walter Pinkney, as defendants. It also named Renzenberger Inc. and the state Department of Transportation and Development, Marionneaux said. The jury found that the sole cause of the accident was the failure of the Dupre Transport Truck operator to observe the van attempting to make a left turn into the Oak Tree Inn, the news release said. Unglesby, through driver logs, established that Pinkney had been on duty for more than 15 hours and over his allowable driving time by more than 30 minutes, the news release said. The money awarded by the jury will be placed in a trust and monitored by the court for the needs of Williams, attorneys said.