Oklahoma Family Settles Case Involving Heiress Jailed for Vehicular Manslaughter

Oct 19, 2000, 01:00 ET from Law Offices of Frank L. Branson

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- A $5.1 million civil settlement has
 been awarded to an Oklahoma family in the death of two family members killed
 in a head-on collision with automobile driven by an heiress of the Kerr McGee
     The family was represented by Frank L. Branson and Tom Farmer of the Law
 Offices of Frank L. Branson in Dallas.
     Twelve-year-old Ryan Dawson and his 65-year-old grandfather were killed in
 December 1998 when their car was struck head on by a car driven by Joffa Kerr,
 granddaughter of former Oklahoma governor and U.S. Senator Robert S. Kerr.
 Also named in the suit was William Kerr, son of Robert S. Kerr and father of
 the driver.  The case is pending in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City.
     Joffa Kerr was sentenced earlier this year by a state court judge to two,
 65-year prison terms after being found guilty of vehicular manslaughter.  Ms.
 Kerr had a blood alcohol level of .21 at the time of the accident.  Claims
 against William Kerr for negligently entrusting the motor vehicle to his
 daughter remain pending.
     "A family is reeling from the loss of a beloved patriarch and a young
 child," Branson said.  "William Kerr's negligence and Joffa Kerr's disregard
 for the safety of others has caused the Dawson and Lopez families significant
 pain.  They should be held responsible for their actions to prevent other
 families from experiencing this kind of loss."

SOURCE Law Offices of Frank L. Branson