Gross Negligence Trial Continues ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Gross Negligence Trial Continues

An 89-year-old man who killed ten people and injured 63 more after losing control of his car is still on trial in a Los Angeles court. The jury failed to reach a verdict after ending their eighth day of deliberations yesterday (18OCT06). George Russell Weller is accused of 10 counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, after the incident where when he mistook his car accelerator for the brake pedal and drove through a Santa Monica farmers market (13JUL06). The jurors asked Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson to clarify the charges against Weller, as they "have not been able to reach common ground". Johnson stated that gross negligence involves "more than ordinary carelessness, inattention or mistake in judgment. In other words, a person acts with gross negligence when the way he acts is so different from how an ordinarily careful person would act in the same situation that his act amounts to a disregard for human life or indifference to the consequences of that act." Jury deliberations will resume on Friday (20OCT06).

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