On Friday, A U.S. Federal Court judge approved a settlement of almost $5 million in the case of a distracted driver who struck and killed 2 bicyclists in 2007 in Lancaster County, South Carolina.
Sharon King was driving her Chrysler Pacifica and allegedly using a cell phone when she struck Thomas Hoskins, 49 and Lee Ann Barry, 43.
Sherri Hoskins, the widow of Thomas Hoskins, will receive $3.6 million, and her lawyers will receive $1.3 million. The family of Lee Ann Barry settled their case last December in state civil court for $2.5 million.
Hoskins' lawyers claim that the use of a cell phone was the main distraction that caused the crash and two wrongful deaths.
Kings' lawyers argue otherwise and claim that King had put down the cell phone and was preparing to operate her car radio. King also had more than one dog in the vehicle with her and has admitted to unfortunate distraction at the time of the accident.