A Texas jury today awarded a $27 million verdict against fast food giant McDonald's after finding that lax security at one of the chain's restaurants contributed to the deaths of two Texas teenagers in 2012.
While walking through the McDonald's parking lot near the Texas A&M University campus, Mr. Ward and a friend were viciously attacked by a mob. They then were loaded into Mr. Ward's SUV by their girlfriends. As they raced toward a nearby hospital, Ms. Crisp's friend ran a red light and collided with a pickup truck in a crash that resulted in Ms. Crisp's death.
The teens' families claimed McDonald's should have provided better security at the restaurant, where police were called more than 20 times to break up fights in the year leading up to the deaths, according to trial evidence. Despite the location's history of late-night violence, McDonald's never hired any security personnel and never installed security cameras to help protect customers.