- Associated Press - Friday, March 14, 2014

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A federal jury in Pennsylvania has awarded more than $2 million in damages to each of the families of two Navy reservists who died in a head-on crash in Kuwait.

The jury on Friday found a civilian contractor and his employer liable in the deaths of 37-year-old Brian Patton of Nanticoke and 38-year-old David Morgan of Wilkes-Barre.

Patton was killed in the November 2009 crash. His passenger, Morgan, died last year of complications from injuries suffered in the crash.

A lawsuit filed in Scranton named 25-year-old Morgan Hanks, of Newport News, Va., and Combat Support Associates as defendants. The victims’ families claimed that Hanks had a history of reckless driving and the company was negligent in allowing him behind the wheel.

Hanks and CSA maintained the collision wasn’t his fault.

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