Family of DUI victim from 2012 awarded nearly $13 million in dam - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Family of DUI victim from 2012 awarded nearly $13 million in damages

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Jefferson Circuit Court jury awarded the family of a Louisville man who was killed in a DUI crash $12.9 million in damages on Tuesday.

However, the family of 60-year-old Thomas Stinson, who was killed in October 2012 along with three other passengers when driver Charles Barlow's Yellow Cab slammed into a car on Highway 111, is unlikely to see any of the money.

Barlow is serving a 44-year-prison sentence and has no money. 

But attorney Alex Davis, who represents the Stinson family, said they "felt strongly that a jury verdict would send a message to the community about the consequences of drunk driving. Although the defendant in this case will be in prison for many years to come, they are hopeful that others will see this verdict and think twice before getting behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated."

Police have said Barlow's taxi crossed over into oncoming traffic, killing Stinson and Barlow's passengers who were his friends: 31-year-old Michael Roby, 39-year-old Tara Crump-Hirsekorn and Barlow's girlfriend, 23-year-old Laura Weigand.

They were headed towards the Horseshoe Casino. Barlow only had minor injuries.

In December 2013, Barlow accepted a plea deal, agreeing to plead guilty to one count of causing death with a blood alcohol level almost double the legal limit and three counts of reckless homicide.

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