Hamilton Wingo Featured in “CVN’s Most Impressive Trials of 2019 – Honorable Mentions!”
Written by David Siegel, of Courtroom View Network on Apr 10, 2020 02:05:49 PM “At the start of the year (which feels like decades ago), Courtroom View Network released our widely-read lists of CVN’s Top 10 Most Impressive Plaintiff Verdicts and Top 10 Most Impressive Defense Verdicts of 2019. While both lists highlight major trial victories for some of […]
While both lists highlight major trial victories for some of the country’s most elite plaintiff and defense attorneys in CVN’s video archive, many of the most interesting trials CVN filmed and webcast in 2019 don’t fall neatly into either category because of mid-trial settlements, mistrials, or quirks in the verdict.
Here is a look at 10 high-stakes trials CVN covered last year that didn’t qualify for either list, but that we still think deserve an honorable mention due to the potential for a verdict that would have made our year-end roundups.
The family of a motorcyclist who crashed into a turning armored truck sued security company GardaWorld over the accident.
Virgilio Garcia was riding alongside and slightly behind a Garda truck that suddenly attempted to make a left turn from the far right lane. He slammed into the side of the truck and died at the scene.
Police initially blamed Garcia for the accident, citing his excessive speed (an argument repeated by Garda at trial), but surveillance video discovered after the accident prompted his wife, Beyanca Martinez, to file a lawsuit and police to charge the truck’s driver, King Easley, with negligent homicide – though a grand jury later declined to return an indictment.
Attorney Chris Hamilton, representing the plaintiffs, asked for between $80 – $100 million in damages during his closing statement.
During his closing statement on behalf of Garda, attorney Chris White conceded that the truck’s driver made an illegal turn from the far right lane but argued Garcia also bore responsibility for the accident.”