$3.5 million awarded to family in wrongful death suit

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCIV) -- The driver of a car involved in a fatal accident five years ago has been ordered to pay the victim's family $3.5 million.

According to the victim's family's attorney, a Berkeley County jury awarded the estate of Wanda Malmede Holland $3.5 million in a wrongful death lawsuit against Chad Kessing, Sr.

The accident happened around 12:42 p.m. on May 12, 2008.

An attorney with the McLeod Law Group said Kessing crossed the center line of Highway 17-A and crashed head-on into Holland's Chevy Trailblazer, killing her on impact.

The attorney also said that Kessing's drivers license had been revoked twice before.

The jury returned a verdict for $500,000 actual damages and $3,000,000 in punitive damages against Kessing.

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