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After a crash with a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver killed a man, an Orange County jury has awarded over $10 million in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by his widow.
Richard Wiederhold, a district fire chief in Brevard County, suffered a spinal cord injury in the January 2011 crash, that resulted in Quadriplegy. He later died of his injuries in March 2012.
The jury determined that Michigan-based Domino’s Pizza was responsible for its franchisees and ordered them to pay over $10 million.
Domino’s Pizza LLC is planning on petitioning for a new trial. Company spokesperson Tim McIntyre said. “The delivery driver was an employee of an independent franchise owner…As he did not work for us, we believe there are grounds for a new trial.”
Jose Manuel Beltran died on January 26, 2015, after collapsing during P.E. class at the gym in Cecil Middle School, Delano, California. According to the coroner, the cause of death was hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Following the death, the the law firm of Chain, Cohn, Stiles filed a civil claim on behalf of deceased’s family, against the Delano Union School District, the City of Delano, Kern County and the State of California. According to the claim, the school employees failed to provide emergency medical care, including CPR to the decreased. The claim further alleged that the negligence of school employees caused the 911 call to be directed to Canadian 911, resulting in delayed medical treatment.
The claim is seeking wrongful death damages, punitive damages and funeral and burial costs.