August 23, 1997 in Idaho

Teen’s Family Gets $1.6 Million In Fatal Crash

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Exactly two years after the traffic death of Caldwell teenager Andrew Torres, a federal jury ordered a Washington-based trucking company to pay his parents $1.6 million in compensatory damages.

The compensatory award was a little more than half of what had been sought by the teenager’s parents, Javier and Cynthia Torres.

Andrew Torres, 18, and Anthony Prince, 17, also of Caldwell, died Aug. 21, 1995, while on their way to start school at the University of Idaho when the second trailer of a Gordon Trucking Inc. tractor-trailer rig slammed into Torres’ pickup on U.S. Highway 95 just south of Riggins.

Prince’s family was awarded $1.5 million in compensatory damages, but no punitive damages, by a federal jury in June.

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