Widow of former Boeing employee awarded $8.8 million in wrongful death suit

David Priester Jr. (Provided)

The widow of a former Boeing employee was awarded $8.8 million this week after a jury found a company liable for her husband's death.

David Priester Jr. was a 38-year-old Boeing employee that fell 18 feet to a concrete floor in March 2013 while at work at the North Charleston Plant. He died several days later due to injuries sustained in the fall.

A jury found Sar Automation L.P. responsible for the incident. During the case, it was learned Sar Automation made changes to the computer system that managed a platform on which Priester was standing. It was argued in court that a malfunction of the platform caused Priester to fall the floor from where he was working on a jet.

"It's been over four years since David's tragic death," his wife Lisa Priester said in a statement issued to ABC News 4 on Friday. "This verdict sends a message to employers that men and women deserve to work in a safe environment. My hope is that this tragedy will result in better worker protection at Boeing and other manufacturers in South Carolina. On behalf of David's family, I am so grateful that they jury vindicated David."

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