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South Carolina Jury awards $1.5 million in teen's death


Posted on Nov 14, 2005

Jury awards $1.5 million in teen's death From staff reports A civil court jury has awarded $1.5 million in damages to the family of a Little River teen killed in a wreck on U.S. 17 more than two years ago. Jorden Pyecha, 17, died when the driver of the she was in car lost control and flipped the vehicle. The driver, Amanda McLeod, 19, died about two weeks later. Pyecha's family sued McLeod's family for damages. Luke Rankin, who represented Pyecha's relatives, said the jury verdict this week should be a warning to young drivers. ``This sends a message that kids can't do this, and that if you want to drive, you've got to be responsible to others,' Rankin said. The damage award was ``a pretty big number for a child that had no income, no dependents,' he said.

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