By Associated Press - Friday, March 3, 2017

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - A central Florida jury took four hours to decide that Ford Motor Co. should not have to pay $25 million to the family of a 19-year-old woman killed when her Ford Explorer went out of control and rolled over.

The six-person jury began deliberating Thursday afternoon after a nearly two-week trial.

The Orlando Sentinel ( ) reports Katherine “Katie” Parker was driving on Interstate 95 in June 2010, when her rear tire came apart. She lost control of the vehicle, hit a guardrail and was ejected. Records show she wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

Her family sued Ford, alleging the company knew about design flaws that made the Explorer prone to rollovers.

Ford’s attorneys blamed the crash on the tire and said Parker would have survived if she’d worn her seatbelt.


Information from: Orlando Sentinel,

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