Lawsuits filed in the drunk-driving crash that killed Great Bridge High School senior Kaitlyn Duffy and critically injured her friend, Sabrina Mundorff, have been settled.
The furniture company that employed the driver agreed this week to pay Duffy’s family $450,000, most of which will be covered by insurance, according to a final order filed in Chesapeake Circuit Court.
Records in Virginia Beach show a suit filed there by Mundorff was settled in late August. A final order in that case was entered Oct. 3 but did not mention the settlement amount or terms.
The families were limited in how much they could collect because of the “woefully inadequate” assets and insurance coverage that the company had, according to their attorneys, Michelle McCracken and Michael Goodove. McCracken represented the Duffy family, and Goodove is Mundorff’s lawyer.
“This was never about the money,” Goodove said. “It was an attempt to gain some justice for our clients and to prevent another family from having to go through something like this.”
Duffy, 18, was killed May 19, 2017, when a Great Bridge Furniture box truck driven by Jerode Johnson slammed head-on into her SUV on Indian River Road in the Pungo section of Virginia Beach.
Duffy and Mundorff had spent the day at the beach with friends and were driving home. The two were set to graduate from Great Bridge High School less than a month later.
Mundorff remained hospitalized for months before being sent to a rehabilitation center in Georgia.
Johnson’s blood alcohol level tested at 0.10 to 0.11 more than two hours after the wreck, according to a toxicologist. It would have been .12 to .16 at the time of the crash, she said. He also had cocaine, marijuana and the prescription drug Valium in his system. His father, a passenger […]