On November 24, 1989, 17-year-old Brenda Rene Murray was driving to school in her mother’s car. The road was snow-covered with slushy and icy sections. Brenda lost control of her car, slid into the oncoming lane, and ran head-on into a pickup truck. Tragically, she was rendered a quadriplegic.
A claim was brought against the Ministry of Transportation (“MTO”) for its failure to appropriately sand and salt the roadway.
Mr. Justice Jenkins found that the MTO was 70% at fault for the crash and the defendant appealed.
The Court of Appeal upheld the trial judge’s ruling and Brenda was awarded significant damages.
Sloan Mandel represented Brenda and her family both at trial and on Appeal.