DUI Lawsuit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The parents of a young Harrisonburg-area teacher killed by a drunken driver are suing the driver for $4 million.

Twenty-one-year-old Jorge Gonzalez-Escobar pleaded guilty to aggravated involuntary manslaughter in Rockingham County Circuit Court last month and will be sentenced April 18.

Gonzalez-Escobar was driving south on U.S. Route 11 last October when he slammed into the rear of a pickup truck.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jason Morris died of a broken neck. His fiancée, Wendy Hoffman, was injured and is suing Gonzalez-Escobar for $450,000. Her case is set for trial Aug. 28.

No trial date has been set for the lawsuit filed by Delmer and Bonnie Morris. Gonzalez-Escobar's lawyers have denied the legal claims.

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