The estate of a 74-year-old man who was killed after his truck was hit by an impaired driver who had crossed over the center line has reached a $1.19 million wrongful death settlement.

Kenneth Rouse Sr. and his adult son, Kenneth Jr., were driving along a two-lane road Lenoir County in October 2014. As Kenneth Sr. was turning left at an intersection, the defendant, William Davis, who had been travelling in the same direction behind them, crossed over the median, t-boning the Rouses’ truck on the driver’s side. Davis’ speed was so great that his truck overrode Kenneth’s truck and came to a rest on top of it.

Initially, Davis asserted that a sudden medical emergency caused him to lose consciousness. However, attorney Matthew Sullivan discovered that Davis had had a prior accident 18 months earlier in which he also claimed that he had lost consciousness before colliding with a tree.

Sullivan dug further and noticed that Davis’ toxicology report showed the presence of a significant amount of impairing substances in his body when the accident occurred.

As a result, Kenneth Sr.’s estate reached a $1,060,000 wrongful death settlement and Kenneth Jr. resolved his personal injury claims for $130,000.

Matthew Sullivan, plaintiffs attorney

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