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Date: 12-12-2007

Case Style: Family and Estate of Anne Cripps, et al. v. Ford Motor Company

Case Number: Unknown

Judge: Unknown

Court: Circuit Court, Washington County, Arkansas

Plaintiff's Attorney: Unknown

Defendant's Attorney: Unknown


Family and Estate of Anne Cripps and others sued Ford Motor Company on a products liability theory for the wrongful deaths of Anne Cripps and Bridgette Millsap. On March 15, 2003, Cripps was fatally injured when the 1987 Econoline E-250 in which she was a passenger hit a guardrail and rolled over. Cripps was thrown from the vehicle and fatally injured. Millsap was hit by a car and killed when she attempted to run across the highway to render assistance to the victims. James Harrigton, Bonnie Fox, Casey Wright, Katlyn Baker, Kayla Sexson, Fallon Jade Shawver, Mike Walker and Ryan Walker all sustained injuries, many serious, as did driver Vester Cripps. Plaintiffs claimed that the Ford Econoline was defective and unreasonably dangerous because the design of the vehicle made it inherently unstable and hard to drive safely. Plaintiffs also claimed that the vehicle was not crashworthy. The occupants of the van were on a ski tripp organizaed by the First Baptist Church of Gentry, Arkansas.

Ford denied Plaintiffs' claims. It asserted that the accident occurred because Cripps fell asleep and allowed the van to drift into a guard rail. The van then changed course radically causing it to flip several times. It also claimed that he van was equipped with the wrong tires and was towing a heavy trailer which made it more difficult to control. Ford further claimed that it extensively tested the vans, which were sold from the 1970s into the 1990s, and found them to be safe and stable. They also said the van's roof performed as it should and did not fail structurally.

Outcome: Defendant's verdict.

Plaintiff's Experts: Unknown

Defendant's Experts: Unknown

Comments: None

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