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Sand suffocation case: Decade-old case ends for woman's family

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A sand suffocation case due to a semi-truck accident back in 2002 is making news after a judge in New Mexico awarded $80 million to the victim's family. Laura Miera was killed when a tractor-trailer hit her car, turned it over, and filled it with sand, Christian Post reports Dec. 11.

Miera of Albuquerque was parked at a traffic light when an Alberquerque Redi-Mix truck smacked into her after it exited the freeway. It was hauling thousands of pounds of sand that was dumped on her car...ultimately suffocated her.

Several witnesses were present when the tragedy happened. The sand suffocation case also involved a school counselor on the scene who comforted Miera as sand rose above her hand. She was trapped and unable to get out of the vehicle. She squeezed the counselor's hand until she died.

The semi in the crash reportedly had an expired registration, three unadjusted brakes, and a driver who had two previous DWI charges.

Quintanas denied violating any state or federal regulations in the sand suffocation case because they believe it reflected the actions of others.

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