- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2016

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) - A judge has awarded $15 million to the family of victims of a head-on crash in Rochester that killed a 9-year-old boy, paralyzed a 7-year-old boy and seriously injured a woman.

Gerald Mohs, 59, was sentenced in January 2015 to nearly five years in prison after pleading guilty to felony vehicular homicide and other charges. Authorities said he was driving drunk the wrong way on a Rochester street when he caused the September 2014 crash.

The head on collision killed 9-year-old William Siems, and injured his 29-year-old aunt, Amber Bishop, and her 7-year-old son, Jeramiya Bishop.

The victims’ family later sued Mohs and three bars that served him alcohol for wrongful death and personal injury. Judge Joseph Chase ruled on the damage amount last week, the Post-Bulletin of Rochester reported (https://bit.ly/2exhMu1 ).

In the ruling, Mohs was found 50 percent responsible for the fatal crash and shared “casual fault” with the bars that served him the day of the accident.

Although Mohs got drunk at a casino, testimony indicated it was not obvious he was intoxicated. The judge ruled the establishment had no liability to the accident.

Two other bars that sold Mohs alcohol were apportioned 25 and 20 percent responsibility. And a final bar was ruled to be 5 percent responsible.

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Information from: Post-Bulletin, https://www.postbulletin.com


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