McDonald’s Points Fingers
Headlines will always sensationalize the amount one person had to pay another, but at the heart of this case were two teenagers killed in the prime of their lives, and a corporation recognized by every person on the planet that refused to accept responsibility for it.
The case against McDonald’s began as an insurance claim. Chris Hamilton was contacted by an attorney representing William and Nicole Crisp, whose 19-year-old daughter, Lauren, was killed in a car accident on February 18, 2012. As Chris listened, he learned that what had happened that night was much bigger than a traffic accident, and involved an incredible act of negligence by a multi-billion dollar corporation.
Before she died, Lauren Crisp was with her boyfriend, 18-year old Denton Ward. They and friends Tanner Giesen and Samantha Bean were walking through the parking lot of a McDonald’s in College Station, Texas, when Denton and Tanner were attacked by a mob of about 20 people. What caused the attack is unknown. What is known is that local police were called at least 40 times in the three years leading up to that night to break up fights at the same McDonald’s.
Denton and Tanner were hurt, so Nicole and Samantha did the only thing they could. They put them in their vehicle and drove to the hospital. Trying to get to the hospital as fast as she could, Samantha ran a red light and collided with a pickup truck. Both Lauren and Denton died in the crash.