Court Tosses Lawsuit Against Arizona In Cross-Median Car Crash

May 1, 2020

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.

Credit azgovernor.gov

The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that family members of the victims did not 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.