South Texas jury awards family of killed oilfield worker $281 million in lawsuit

POSTED: 9:35 AM Dec 09 2013   UPDATED: 9:36 AM Dec 09 2013
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The family of a man killed by a part breaking off a truck doing Eagle Ford Shale oilfield work has won a $281 million lawsuit judgment from a South Texas jury.
The Dimmit County lawsuit stemmed from the May, 29, 2012, death of Carlos Aguilar. He was struck by a drive shaft from a tractor-trailer truck belonging to Heckmann Water Resources, an oil patch supplier in Pleasanton, near San Antonio.
Aguilar was in a pickup hit by the flying piece that went through the windshield, killing him.
A jury late Thursday agreed with a negligence lawsuit by Aguilar's family that Heckmann didn't properly maintain the truck. The verdict included $100 million in punitive damages.
Company attorney Rick Reyna didn't immediately respond to a message Sunday from The Associated Press.