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$22M in Damages for Fatal Texting While Driving Accident Lawsuit

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A Texas A&M student who caused a deadly wreck by texting while driving was ordered by a jury to pay $22 million in damages.

The victim, Megan Small of Houston, was driving to Houston when the accident happened near Calvert in November 2007. Small was a senior at Baylor University.

According to the accident report, a vehicle driven by Reed Vestal crossed the center line and struck Small’s vehicle head-on. Vestal had sent and received 15 texts messages and made seven calls in the 45 minutes leading up to the crash.

The damages will be distributed between Small’s family and Laura Gleffe, who was driving another car that rolled in the crash. Vestal reportedly declared bankruptcy prior to the civil trial in Franklin.

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