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A jury in Roanoke County is awarding more than $5 million in damages to the family a construction worker killed in a chain-reaction crash.

The jury on Monday said that the two drivers convicted in the death of Richard Slone must pay $2 million in compensatory damages and $500,000 in punitive damages. The defendants also must pay $10,000 in funeral expenses.

The Roanoke Times reports that Jeffrey Dupree and Tracie Nininger were found guilty in 2008 of aggravated involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence in Slone's death. Soon after, Slone's estate filed a wrongful death suit against the pair, seeking $8 million in compensatory damages and $2 million in punitive damages.

Information from: The Roanoke Times

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