California residents may have heard that a Michigan man who was accused of killing a woman who was on his porch agreed to a settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit on June 12. Some people had wondered if the incident resulted from a race issue, as the accused man was white and the deceased woman was black.
It appeared that, on Nov. 2, 2013, the woman, aged 19, had been involved in a car accident while she was under the influence of marijuana and alcohol. At about 4:30 a.m., it appeared that she knocked on the man's door while searching for help. The man claimed that he thought that she was an intruder and fired at her prior to calling the police.
The judge ultimately approved a settlement of the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the woman's family. The financial details were not released due to the confidentiality agreement. The man had previously been sentenced to a minimum of 17 years in prison after he was convicted of second-degree murder.
If one person causes another person's death due to negligence, the family of the deceased person may have the ability to file a wrongful death claim. In some cases, this claim allows the deceased person's family members to seek some sort of compensation for the financial and emotional damages they may have sustained. Many plaintiffs in this type of a civil action seek the reimbursement of funeral and burial costs, as well as compensation for the loss of financial support that the decedent would otherwise had been able to provide.
Source: FOX News, "Settlement reached in wrongful death lawsuit over killing of woman on suburban Detroit porch", Associated Press, June 15, 2015
Source: Detroit Free Press, "Gunman to pay family in Dearborn Heights porch shooting", Niraj Warikoo, June 13, 2015