Victim's family award $3M judgement in fatal wreck

Victim's family award $3M judgement in fatal wreck

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A Dougherty County State Court jury has awarded three million dollars the mother of a former Albany State University student killed in a traffic accident in the Florida panhandle four years ago.

Lori Newberry, whose son Jonathan died when the car he was riding in hit an ambulance outside of Marianna, sued the estate of Jevontay Jordan who was driving the car.

Jordan and another passenger Roc Greene were also killed in the accident.

Newberry's attorneys Yehuda Smolar of Atlanta, Michael Kendall of Douglasville, and Robert Pinerro of Albany said Jordan crossed the center line on Florida Highway 71, and hit the ambulance head on.

Newberry's attorneys say the judgement is a validation for the value of his life.

Smolar said "That he was a fine young man who was on his way to success.  He was a student at Albany State College.  And his life was cut short tragically and unnecessarily."

The administrator for Jordan's estate says he expects further lawsuits against insurance companies.

The three men were driving to Ft. Walton Beach, Florida to return Jordan to Elgin Air Force Base.

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