- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A Fresno used car dealership accused of allowing an auto thief to steal a car that caused a deadly crash has agreed to pay almost $1 million to the widow of a man killed in the collision.

The Fresno Bee reports (https://bit.ly/22wAQrM) Tuesday My Auto Maxx and its affiliate, Auto Maxx, agreed to the settlement with the wife of Earnest Grant, who was killed in 2013. But the car dealerships did not admit wrongdoing in Grant’s death.

The lawyer for Grant’s widow, Nicholas Wagner, contended during the two-day trial that My Auto Maxx’s manager and employees played a role in Grant’s death because even though they knew the keys to the car had been stolen they did little to prevent its theft days later.

Walter Levon McDaniel led Fresno police on a high-speed chase in the stolen Infiniti. He ran several stop signs before slamming into Grant’s car, killing Grant instantly.

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Information from: The Fresno Bee, https://www.fresnobee.com


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