Jury picked in lawsuit over 2005 fatal crash

DETROIT (AP) -- A federal jury in Detroit has been picked to hear a wrongful death lawsuit in a 2005 Farmington Hills traffic accident that killed a mother and her two children.

Gary Weinstein is suing the former employer of Thomas Wellinger, who drove his car at 70 mph into a vehicle occupied by Weinstein's wife, Judith, and their 9- and 12-year-old sons.

Wellinger was a UGS Corp. sales executive at the time. He had a blood-alcohol level five times the legal limit.

The Detroit Free Press says the jury will decide whether UGS, now Siemens, knew or should have known Wellinger was drunk. The company has denied any responsibility.

Wellinger is serving a 19- to 30-year sentence for second-degree murder.

The Detroit News reports the trial is expected to last three weeks.

Published: Thu, Dec 2, 2010

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