The son of a Kentucky lawmaker will have to pay $1.5 million to the family of a graduate student killed in a car accident in southwestern Kentucky. The settlement is for a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the student’s surviving family.
The fatal Kentucky car accident occurred after a party in the southwestern portion of the state. Burgess Harrison Yonts, the son of Kentucky Rep. Brent Yonts, was convicted in February 2007 of drunken driving, wanton murder and other charges associated with the 2005 accident that took the life of Nadia Shaheen. Shaheen was a graduate student at Murray State University.
Yonts was also attending Murray State University at the time of the crash and belonged to the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. According to police, he struck Shaheen as she walked along the side of the road. Her body was discovered in a ditch the morning of the tragic accident.
Attorneys for both sides filed settlement papers in U.S. District Court that detailed the agreed upon settlement.