A Maryland jury awarded the family of a 13-year-old girl struck by a car on her way to the bus stop $90 million in a wrongful death settlement against the Prince George’s County School Board.
In 2009, freshman Ashley Davis was hit by a car while attempting to cross the street in Temple Hills to reach her bus stop. She eventually died from her injuries.
The Davis family sued the Board of Education, claiming they did not put proper safety precautions in place.
“The school board was negligent,” the family’s lawyer, John Costello, told NBC Washington. “They had adopted a policy to provide for safe transportation. The policy was they were going to pick up Ashley on her own side of the street. They never did. They forced her to cross the street. She got killed crossing the street.”
Ashley was hit by a Lincoln Continental, which also crashed into a mini-van and hit another teenager.
“She was on her way,” her mother, Nycole Davis, said. “She was doing the right thing. She was going to school. She was a good girl. She didn’t deserve this.”
Four years later, the six-person jury awarded the Davis family $90 million in damages, including funeral and medical expenses, on Monday.
“No judgment has been entered in this case” Prince George’s County Public Schools said in an emailed statement. “It is still under litigation.”
The school system is expected to appeal the verdict.
NBC Washington reported lawsuits against a municipality of school system are limited to a $100,000 verdict, so this may not be the end for the Davis family.
“I didn’t ask anyone to give me any money or anything like that,” Nycole said. “I just want someone held responsible for what happened to my daughter.”