A Beaumont, Texas, jury has determined the negligence of Dominos Pizza resulted in a deadly car accident caused by a pizza delivery driver in August 2012.

Consequently, $32 million will be awarded to the family of Ruth Christopher, who was killed when a Domino's delivery driver lost control of his vehicle and hit Christopher's car. Devavaram Christopher was also in the victim's car and was left with a permanent brain injury.

The cause of the accident was later determined to be the defective, worn tires on the delivery vehicle. Domino's delivery driver was also cited for failure to control speed.

"We learned that Dominos has a very broad, undefined corporate policy that delivery drivers' vehicles should be inspected," said Provost Umphrey attorney Chip Ferguson, in a news release. "However, Dominos does not enforce this policy with their franchises, and that led to the accident that took the life of Ruth Christopherand permanently disabled Devavaram Christopher. We also learned that Domino's enforces a tragically unsafe delivery method by providing bonuses and other incentives for fast delivery."

Chip Ferguson and Larry Hunter of Provost Umphrey represented the Christopher family. The $32 million awarded is strictly actual damages, with no punitive damages included.

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