A judge on Tuesday approved a $5 million settlement in a wrongful death case against a Chesterfield County woman in the deaths of three people who were struck while standing in a median along Route 288 in Goochland County.
Claire C. Carr, an attorney with the law firm Kalbaugh, Pfund & Messersmith, is still awaiting trial in the criminal case and faces three counts of involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of Justin C. Ransone, 41; Amy Lee Abbott, 45; and Linli Xu, 25.
Carr was driving on Route 288 near West Creek Parkway in Goochland on the night of the crash, June 27.
Ransone and Abbott, a couple who had been living in Glen Allen, stopped to assist Xu, a Midlothian woman who had exited her car after striking a deer around 9 p.m.
Xu, who was five months pregnant, was standing in a grass median with Ransone and Abbott to the left of Xu’s disabled Mercedes, when Carr’s vehicle approached, authorities have said.
Carr, traveling in the left lane, swerved left to avoid the Mercedes, which was disabled in the left lane, and struck the three victims, according to authorities. All three were pronounced dead at the scene.
According to documents in Goochland County Circuit Court, the families of the three victims have been awarded $5 million to be split three ways, giving each family $1.67 million.
The money was obtained from a $1 million commercial auto policy and a $4 million commercial liability umbrella policy.
The settlement order, which was approved Tuesday by Judge Timothy K. Sanner, states that the money awarded to Abbott’s family will be placed in trusts for her two children, and the money awarded to Ransone’s family will be similarly set aside for his two children.
The settlement documents refer to Xu’s unborn child as “Baby Xu.” Her husband, mother and father were listed as beneficiaries in the suit.
The documents state that the settlement was agreed to by all parties on April 5.
In the criminal case, Carr has a trial scheduled in November.