Nurse's family wins $7.5 million in case against Highway Patrol - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Nurse's family wins $7.5 million in case against Highway Patrol

SENATOBIA, Miss. (AP) - A Tate County jury has awarded the family of a late Hernando nurse $7.5 million in their lawsuit against the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

The judgment came Wednesday after a two-day trial.

Deena Vest was critically injured March 16th, 1999, when her Jeep Cherokee was struck in the rear and knocked off Interstate 55 just north of the Nesbit interchange.

She wasn't found for more than eight hours after the crash, and she had received massive internal injuries and injuries from exposure to the cold weather that night.

Vest was paralyzed from the time of the accident and died November 25th at age 37.

Leighton George, an off-duty Memphis police officer at the time, was convicted of DUI assault and sentenced to 12 years in prison on May fifth, 2000.

The Vest family sued the Mississippi Highway Patrol, contending that negligence on the part of Trooper Tommy Barrett significantly contributed to Vest's condition. Barrett was the original officer in charge of the accident investigation during the time Vest was in the ditch.

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