The lone survivor of a 2013 Cortland County crash that killed seven people including four children has been awarded an over $1 million dollar settlement.
The crash occurred back on May 29th of 2013. A tractor-trailer traveling on Route 13 between Truxton and Cuyler separated and the trailer section veered into the path of an oncoming minivan.
The accident claimed the lives of 7-year-old Alyssa Mead, 4-year-old Tyler Mead, Teresa Bush, and her two children 4-year-old Alexis Bush and 5-year-old Jasmine Bush. Two other adults were killed as well Lena Beckwith and her fiance Carino VanOrden.
The investigation determined that the locking mechanism on the fully loaded trailer failed despite safety checks by the driver.
The sole survivor of the crash 33-year-old Shawn Mead of Cortland sustained multiple injuries in the crash. He will receive a $1.4 million dollar settlement. Another $1.3 million will go to the estates of the seven victims.
The court documents say Mead has been unable to work since the crash and still suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, depression, survivor’s guilt, blackouts, headaches and leg pain. The documents say he’s unable to keep scenes of the accident out of his head, the papers said.
Details of the lawsuit and the settlement became public recently after a judge denied a request from the plaintiffs’ lawyers to seal the court papers.