- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

POLSON, Mont. (AP) - A Lake County jury ruled Tuesday that a manufacturing defect in a Hyundai vehicle caused a fatal crash that killed two Missoula cousins in 2011.

The Missoulian reports (https://tinyurl.com/nlat4nk ) jurors on Tuesday awarded $1 million to each parent and $500,000 for a sibling of Trevor Olson, who was driving, and his younger cousin, Tanner Olson.

Jurors found that Trevor Olson did not die instantly, and compensated his estate $2.6 million for lost earnings. They said Tanner Olson died instantly in the head-on crash on U.S. Highway 93 between Arlee and Ravalli.

An Arlee woman in the other car also was killed in the crash, but her estate was in the lawsuit.

Hyundai attorney Kevin Young said 127 claims out of millions of cars sold did not indicate a manufacturing problem.


Information from: Missoulian, https://www.missoulian.com

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