Family of Teen Awarded $6 Million in Wrongful Death Case

On July 28, 2008, 17 year old Amanda Kordich was struck and killed by drunken driver Wesley Hanson in an automobile accident in Rockford.  Hanson did not have insurance at the time of the accident.  He was sentenced to nine years in prison in the criminal case.  On Monday, April 16, 2012, in the wrongful death lawsuit, a circuit court judge entered a $6,050,000 judgment in favor of Kordich's family and against Hanson.  Following the accident, Hanson refused to have his blood drawn.  The prosecutors obtained a court order, and the driver's blood alcohol level at the time was .157.  Under Illinois law, a driver is considered intoxicated at .08 or above.  It is unlikely that the Kordich family will be able to recover much if any of the judgment against Hanson.  If the family wishes to garnish his wages, they will have to wait until Hanson is released from prison - he will have to serve at least 85% of the sentence.
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