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Sand suffocation case: $80 million over sand crushing woman, family in mourning

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A sand suffocation case has come back into the spotlight this week after a family was recently awarded $80 million following a shocking case in which a downpour of sand crushed a woman. Laura Miera died in a tragic accident, having been suffocated by sand when a Redi-Mix truck dumped its full load onto her car, the Inquisitr reports this Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. According to Miera’s family, who are still in mourning, it was the truck driver’s negligence and the truck’s lack of proper repairs that led to their loved one being killed.

The sand suffocation case occurred back in 2002. Laura Miera had only just dropped off her child, a daughter, at Jimmy Carter Middle School on the day the accident took place. The 48-year-old woman was driving in the car, and had stopped at a red light. The tractor-trailer suddenly hit into her car, and the collision trapped her car between the curb and the massive truck. According to the report, the impact sadly released the metal flank, causing a flood of sand to pour onto her car.

Although witnesses, as well as students and teachers who had seen the shocking accident take place, did their best to try to rescue Miera, they were unable to save her in time. The pouring sand was too heavy and obstructive to rescue her form the smashed vehicle.

“Initially reported by ABC News, the school counselor tried to console Miera as the sand filled her car. The Miera family’s attorney, Jacob Vigil, said the counselor held the woman’s hand and prayed until she stopped responding.”

While the $80 million may seem like a massive sum for the Meira family, there is nothing that can compensate the loss of a loved one in such a tragic accident as the sand suffocation case, adds the family’s attorney after the declaration. The family also hopes that the details of the case will serve as a future warning to others.

Since the Redi-Mix truck was later confirmed to have an expired registration and very faulty brakes, the sand suffocation case also brings to the forefront the idea that unsafe vehicles can lead to “thousands and thousands of tragic trucking deaths each and every year,” added the attorney.

Myrtle Beach Online has added that at this time, the Miera family is not prepared to make a statement as they are “pretty broken up” and “still grieving.” Even after 10 years, their attorney said no amount of money can stop their mourning.



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