The story in the Joplin Globe of a Pittsburg girl, her mother and her dad is enough to break your heart and at the same time reaffirm a belief in the goodness of most people. The girl was just 13 years old when she was killed with her mom in 2009 by a drunk driver in a car accident. The girl died at the scene of the crash; her mom died of injuries a few days later at a hospital.
The intoxicated driver survived the U.S. 69 rear-end crash. Two years later, a Cherokee County judge overseeing a wrongful death civil trial determined that the man was 100 percent responsible for the needless fatalities. The girl’s father was awarded $5.7 million, according to news accounts at the time.