Wal-mart, the world's largest retailer has been ordered to pay 27.5 million dollars to a Duval County resident in connection with the death of her 18 year old son. Justin Flores was killed in an SUV accident back in April of 2010. He was a passenger in the SUV when the driver lost control and rolled over on Highway 44 just west of San Diego. Authorities say it was the result of worn tires. The lawsuit stems from a routine oil change and tire inspection three months earlier at the Wal-mart in Alice. Employees allegedly told the owner that her rear tires were fine, and did not need replacement. The jury concluded, however, that the tires were in fact in need of replacement and that it was a factor in the crash.
The family's attorney, Craig Sico released this statement saying, "the simple recommendation of rotating the spare into service could have prevented Justin's untimely death."
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