A Broward County jury awarded more than $8 million to the wife and three daughters of a North Miami Beach police officer in a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from a 2004 car accident. Jurors found that the family of the other driver and the Florida Department of Transportation were 70 percent negligent in the crash. The decedent Officer Orestes Lorenzo was found to be 30 percent responsible for the accident that caused his death. Accordingly, the jury reduced their award under Florida comparative negligence law from $11.5 million.
The Broward County jury hearing the case took their job seriously: the verdict was rendered at midnight on Saturday.