State on hook for $7 million in deadly wreck

The family of a man killed in a 2007 wreck has been awarded $9.7 million after claims that a poorly maintained Interstate 16 played a role in his death, according to court documents.

A Twiggs County jury awarded damages last week of $7.3 million against the state and $2.4 million against the driver of the car that killed Forsyth resident Charlie Curtis Moore. The lawsuit alleges that the Georgia Department of Transportation should have better maintained a safe roadway.

On the afternoon of Sept. 27, 2007, Moore was a passenger in a Jeep Grand Cherokee that was struck by a 2002 Pontiac Bonneville driven by Alabama resident Eric Gale Miller. Miller was traveling in the eastbound lane of I-16 when he lost control of the car.

The DOT “did not properly maintain the roadway and neglected to place any signs of warning of the nature of the roadway ahead” about water accumulating, the lawsuit said.

The hydroplane was, in part, caused by “improper draining and overgrowth” on the interstate near mile marker 26, Moore’s attorney wrote.

Moore was 74 at the time of the accident.

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