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Jury awards $1B to survivor, families in fatal DUI crash

A Burleigh County jury has awarded more than $1 billion in total damages to a survivor and families of two women killed in a 2015 drunken-driving crash in Mandan, North Dakota.

Jurors on Friday reached verdicts on two types of damages in the 2016 lawsuit. The jury awarded $295 million in punitive damages each to Shayna Monson, who survived the crash but suffered a traumatic brain injury, and to the family of 22-year-old Abby Renschler and 21-year-old Taylor Goven, both of whom died in the crash.

The jury also awarded compensatory damages totaling $170 million to Monson and $36 million each to the families of the two women who died, all with 6% interest.

Monson was the only victim to survive the June 27, 2015, crash. Jordan Morsette, now 32, slammed head-on into Monson’s car at the McKenzie Drive exit on the Bismarck Expressway, killing Monson’s two passengers.

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