Court tosses lawsuit against Arizona in cross-median crash

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Posted at 3:46 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 18:46:07-04

PHOENIX (AP) — A state appellate court has overturned rulings by a trial court and dismissed a lawsuit stemming from a cross-median crash that killed two women on Interstate 10 in southern Arizona in 2008.

The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that family members of the victims didn't file a valid notice-of-claim against the state before filing a negligence suit over the deaths of Pamela Humphrey and Ann Quinn.

The ruling overturns a Maricopa County Superior Court jury's 2008 verdict and award of $47 million in damages, including nearly $40 million against the state.

The women's vehicle went across the median and collided with a tractor-trailer rig.

The lawsuit contended that the state was negligent because the highway lacked barrier cables.