Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer, LLP just reached a settlement with several defendants in a wrongful death case proceeding in Dougherty County, Georgia. While some of the settlement amounts are confidential, the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission ("SWGRC") alone paid $1.75 million to satisfy the claims made against it. Our client's 57 year-old wife was killed on September 10, 2010 when the driver of the vehicle in which she was a passenger blew a tire and lost control of the vehicle. The driver was transporting our client's wife and her seven-year-old great-niece on behalf of the SWGRC and ZoneCare, both of which had contracts to drive non-emergency transportation patients to medical appointments. The SWGRC, which had provided hundreds of thousands of such trips for eligible Georgians, failed to adequately inspect the vehicle and screen the driver responsible for transporting our client's wife and her great-niece safely across the state. The driver-who had equipped his vehicle with used, bald tires and was traveling in excess of the posted speed limit-had more than thirty prior tickets for traffic offenses. The case settled while on an interlocutory appeal.