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Jury Awards $36M to a NM Family in 2017 Fatal Crash

A Santa Fe jury awarded $36 million to a Valencia County family that filed a lawsuit against an insurance company following a 2017 fatal head-on collision that took the life of a Rio Communities woman and injured her 4-year-old nephew.

Jurors found that the woman killed in the collision had purchased a $1 million State Farm insurance policy less than a week before the crash and awarded the family $12 million in damages and an additional $24 million in bad faith and breach-of-contract damages, court records show.

The $36 million award includes a $20 million punitive damage award against State Farm Automobile Insurance, according to the verdict form.


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