Question: How much is the life of a 19-year old college student worth?
Answer: $26 million says an Early County, Georgia Jury
Price Thornal was 19 years old and a student at the University of Mississippi when he was killed by a wrong-way driver while on his way to his home to Tallahassee, Florida. In a bifurcated trial, the jury first found that defendant Stephanie Clausen’s negligence caused Thornal’s death, and also found that Clausen’s conduct was reckless and wanton as Plaintiff presented evidence of Clausen’s intoxication.
In the second part of the trial, after hearing from 29 relatives and friends and a forensic accountant testifying about lifetime economic loss, an Early County jury in southwest Georgia returned a $26,141,628 damages verdict after 20 minutes of deliberation.