Joan Craig and John Craig v. Kayla Kellner and Maria Colangelo

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Case Name

Joan Craig and John Craig v. Kayla Kellner and Maria Colangelo

Type of Injury

STERNUM FRACTURE, DISC HERNIATIONS

Occupation

Dental Assistant

Location

Monmouth County, NJ

Verdict

The parties agreed to a $950,000 settlement a week prior to the scheduled trial date. The settlement was paid from within the defendants’ $250,000 primary policy with Progressive Casualty Insurance Co. and from a $1 million excess policy with Allstate Insurance Co.

Verdict Amount

$950,000

Case Details

On Feb. 5, 2013, plaintiff Joan Craig, 53, a dental assistant, was driving south on Dutch Lane Road, a two-lane, rural road in Marlboro Township with a 45 mph speed limit. On her right side was a T-junction, where Randolph Road, another two-lane road, with a 35 mph speed limit, runs perpendicularly into Dutch Lane Road. As Craig drove past the junction, another driver, approaching on Randolph Road, went through a stop sign and broadsided the passenger-side of Craig’s vehicle. She claimed multiple injuries.

Craig sued the other driver, Kayla Kellner, alleging she had been negligent, and also sued the vehicle’s owner, Maria Colangelo.

The defendants did not actively dispute liability.