The family of a worker who died in a construction zone crash recovered $2.49 million. In 2006, William Timothy Strange was operating a pavement grooving machine in a work zone on Interstate 10 when he lost control and shot into traffic. He was then struck by a tractor-trailer owned and operated by Jaime Recinos. Strange's injuries were fatal. His family sued his employer, Penhall Co.; construction contractor Dan Williams Co.; and Recinos. They alleged that Penhall was grossly negligent, contending that its employees had improperly modified the grooving machine. They also claimed that Recinos had been speeding, and that Dan Williams hadn't installed enough speed limit signs in the work zone. The jury found Penhall 80 percent and Recinos 20 percent negligent; Dan Williams was exonerated. However, the family only recovered Recinos' portion of the $12,450,000 verdict since the jury did not find gross negligence against Penhall.
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