EAST CHICAGO | A Lake Superior Court jury has awarded a Crown Point woman $1.3 million for the death of her son more than two years ago in a traffic accident.
Walter Alvarez, a Crown Point attorney, said Thursday he and his client, Lisa Ramos, are pleased with the verdict "and the compassionate way the jury treated the testimony."
He said jurors decided State Farm Mutual Insurance Co. should pay that amount under an insurance policy the Ramos family purchased prior to the July 25, 2011, traffic accident that killed Desmond Ramos, 19, of Crown Point.
He was a passenger in a Chevrolet Cobalt that careened off Interstate 65, hit a light pole, went airborne and rolled into a cornfield 1 mile north of U.S. 30 in Hobart. Police said he and the driver, 23-year-old Nicholas Stockman, of Crown Point, were ejected from the vehicle.
Stockman later pleaded guilty to causing death while driving with an alcohol level above the legal limit.
Alvarez said State Farm's refusal to pay what the family thought was a just amount under their policy forced the family to go through the burden of presenting evidence of the tragic accident to the jury.
A spokesman for State Farm couldn't be reached late Thursday afternoon for comment.