Insurer To Pay for Wrongful Death, Personal Injury Claims on Concert Crash

A settlement had already been reached on three wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits that stemmed out from a concert-turned-tragedy that transpired in state of West Virginia last year, a local daily reported.

Music was on the air in Masontown, West Virginia as the town was holding the All Good Music Festival when Clay Lewin’s pickup truck surprised everyone when it suddenly found its way to a tent crashing sleeping women.

Lewin, a resident of Cape Charles, of the said state admitted that he lost control of his truck after parking it on a steep and grassy hill where tents were located nearby. Lewin’s truck went towards the tent of the event staff. The driver though admitted on his weaknesses had stated that when he was leaving the concert venue, no one (event staff) was around to guide him.

Due to the incident, Lewin was slap with three wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits that originally sought millions of dollars in damages, from $975,000 to $13.5 million.

With the settlement, Lewin’s insurance carrier, the Virginia Farm Bureau will pay the amount of $500,000 to settle the suits. His insurer will pay as follows: $300,000 to the father of Nicole Miller, a South Carolina woman who was killed by Lewin’s truck, and $100,000 each to other South Carolina residents that survived the crash, Elizabeth Doran and Yen Ton, both from Mount Pleasant.

Even with the said settlement that was agreed late this summer, Lewin still faces other lawsuits pertaining to the incident. Said settlement is to be made final by a NJ federal district court judge by the 2nd week of September.

Lewin’s auto insurance policy carries the limits on bodily injury liability of $300,000 person and $500,000 per accident. The minimum bodily injury limit on auto insurance in the state of West Virginia is only set at $20,000 per person and $40,000 per accident.