Lewis v. KCS Railroad
Esther Lewis was driving on a country road to her home with her daughter and son as passengers. Her vehicle was struck by a KCS “helper service” locomotive at an unmarked crossing near Goodman, Missouri. Esther and her daughter were killed, while Esther’s son, Jared, was injured. Esther’s husband, Terry, brought claims for wrongful death and personal injury against the railroad, claiming that the crossing should have had warnings, lights, and a crossing guard. There was also an issue of engineer fatigue. Abe Paul settled with KCS for the sum of $1,000,000.00 for all claims. This was the largest wrongful death settlement in the history of the 40th Judicial Circuit.