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Sand suffocation case details gruesome death of woman, family gets $80 million

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The lawyer in the sand suffocation case did a good job of conveying the slow and painful death of being buried alive with sand to the judge overseeing the proceeding. The woman whose untimely death was the center of this court case was slowly suffocated with sand. This occurred when a truck that had just slammed into her emptied its load of sand on the woman and her car, according to The Inquisitr on Dec. 11.

The gruesome and surreal details of the sand suffocation case was heard by a judge, who awarded the dead woman’s family $80 million in hopes of sending a message to the national trucking community about keeping their vehicles up to code.

Laura Miera, 48, had just dropped her daughter off in front of her school and was stopped at a red light when a Redi-Mix Concrete truck lost control and slammed into her car. The truck pushed her vehicle wedging her car between a curb and the truck. She couldn’t get out of the car from the way it was pinned.

Within seconds, her car was filling up with the sand that the truck was carrying. Teachers, parents and passersby all ran to the car and frantically tried to push the sand away from Miera’s face, but it was piling up too fast.

One of the school counselors grabbed a hold of this mother’s hand after seeing the terror in her eyes. She was screaming to Miera to squeeze her hand and this continued for a minute or two after Miera was completely submerged in the pile of sand.

The counselor said that Miera would squeeze her hand, but her grip got weaker and she finally stopped squeezing when she died. This surreal scene has left a mark on the family and most of the folks who witnessed this horrific death.

New Mexico District Judge Shannon Bacon handed down a judgment totaling $80 million, which includes $60 million for punitive damages. Those damages were the pain and suffering Miera endured during her last minutes of life.

The Redi-Mix truck was being operated at the time with faulty brakes and an expired registration. 48-year-old Laura Miera died this horrible death back in 2002 and the family has waited over 10 years for some sort of justice to come to the people whose actions contributed to her death.

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