$1.5 Million Verdict for Death of Arkansas Student
April 13, 2004
The parents and Estate of 18 year-old Sedric Davenport were awarded $1,500,000 by a Monroe County, Arkansas jury on April 8, 2004. Nix, Patterson & Roach represented the Davenports, whose only son was killed on May 27, 2000 in a collision between a tractor and a pickup truck driven by Matthew Ford, a former high school classmate of Mr. Davenport. Davenport had just graduated from high school and was preparing to attend the University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff on a full academic scholarship. Mr. Ford contended at trial that the tractor driven by Davenport moved off the shoulder and into his path of travel just prior to the wreck. Mr. Ford also blamed other parties that the Davenports had sued and settled with prior to trial. After a two day-trial, the jury found that Matthew Ford was 100% responsible for the death of Sedric Davenport. The jury awarded $1,000,000 to the Estate of Sedric Davenport for his loss of life, and $250,000 to each of his parents for the grief and anguish they endured as a result of their loss. The Davenports were represented by NPR trial attorneys Brady Paddock and Anthony Bruster.