Mountain Express: Idaho Couple Awarded $3.5 Million For Drivers Ed Death of Their Son


Determining that a driver-education instructor was "100 percent at fault" in an October 2010 traffic accident, a Blaine County jury has decided that a Carey family should be awarded $3.5 million in damages from the Blaine County School District for the death of 15-year-old Austin Hennefer, killed in the crashed.

This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that the jury deliberated for about an hour and a half May 1 before finding in favor of the survivors of the student who was practicing a three-point-turn in a Carey School driver-education car on an icy U.S. Highway 20 when the car was struck. The jury determined that a Gooding resident was not negligent when his vehicle struck the driver-education car.

A spokesman for the school district told the Mountain Express that the district's insurance carrier, Continental Western, is responsible for paying the Hennefers and the limits "on liability insurance are high enough to cover the $3.5 million."