National publicity for large awards overshadows reality in New Hampshire By Jack Kenny Published: July 6, 2018 On the morning of June 12, 2014, a teenage driver who had been up all night celebrating his high school graduation fell asleep at the wheel in the northbound lane of Ocean Boulevard in Hampton. His vehicle swerved across the road, striking two women walking along the shoulder of the southbound lane of Route 1A. Both women sued. Lisa Beaudry settled out of court, but retired schoolteacher Karen Weinhold and her husband, Charles, went to court and, after a trial lasting about two weeks, won a $9 million verdict against the motorist, the state of New Hampshire and R.S. Audley Inc., whose construction work on the seawall on the east side of the highway was the reason pedestrians had to walk on the west side, on a section of the road where there is no sidewalk and only a white line separating pedestrians from passing vehicles. In its verdict, reached on Jan. 19 of this year, the jury at Rockingham County Superior Court in Brentwood awarded $8.5 million to Mrs. Weinhold for her severe injuries and $500,000 to Mr. Weinhold for loss of… Read full this story
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