NEW ORLEANS (AP) Chrysler LLC should pay more than $5 million to a couple whose unborn son was fatally injured when their 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee went into reverse and pinned the mother to a brick carport column, a jury has found.
Chrysler will appeal the verdict, returned Monday by a jury in the New Orleans suburb of Chalmette, company lawyer Louann Van Der Wiele said Wednesday.
Juli Guillot was on her way to a hospital to give birth in 1999. As she and her husband, August, were about to leave their Chalmette home, Guillot stepped out to retrieve her young daughter's song book. Her husband got out to get his cell phone from the SUV's hatchback. According to the lawsuit, as he approached the rear, the SUV began rolling backward and pinned his wife. The lawsuit charged the Cherokee was in park, but spontaneously shifted into reverse.
The baby, Collin Jacob, was delivered alive, but died later. Doctors attributed the death to brain injuries sustained when the Cherokee pinned Juli Guillot.