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SANTA FE – A Santa Fe jury verdict delivered Friday orders a truck-trailer manufacturer to pay $18.9 million in damages to the estate and parents of a 16-year-old killed in a fiery crash on Intestate 40 east of Albuquerque in November 2015.
Mike Sievers, an attorney for the family of Riley Hein of Tijeras, said the family hopes the verdict “sends a message” to the truck-trailer industry to take measures to prevent underride crashes, where vehicles are forced or become stuck underneath trailers in the space between the trailer and the road.
Sievers said Hein’s family didn’t want a confidential settlement. “They wanted a verdict to tell the industry they need to do something about this problem,” he said.