Jury awards $3.5 million to victim's family in fatal accident case

Published: Jun. 19, 2013 at 5:24 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 19, 2013 at 5:47 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Berkeley County jury awarded the family of a woman, who was killed in an accident in 2008, $3.5 million in a wrongful death lawsuit.

The McLeod Law Group, who represents the family of Wanda Holland, released a statement on Wednesday stating that a jury returned a verdict of $500,000 for actual damages and $3 million in punitive damages against Chad Kessing, Sr.

According to court officials, on May 12, 2008 at 12:42 p.m., Holland was traveling on Highway 17A when Kessing crossed the center line and caused a head-on collision with Holland's vehicle.

Evidence presented at trial showed Kessing's driver's license had been revoked on two prior occasions and it was unsafe for him to drive, a press release by the McLeod Law Group stated.

The collision killed Holland on impact.

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