A St Louis civil jury has awarded damages of $9.5 million in a wrongful death action filed by Cynthia Magnuson, the surviving wife of former Chicago Black Hawk defenseman Keith Magnuson, and the two children of the family.
Magnuson was killed in a fatal Ontario motor vehicle accident on December 15, 2003. He was a passenger in a rental vehicle driven by former Toronto Maple Leaf captain Rob Ramage. The former NHL star's family brought suit in Missouri against Ramage and National Car Rentals of Canada.
Ramage was convicted on October 10 at Toronto on five criminal charges arising from the accident, including impaired driving causing death, and will be sentenced January 17, 2008.
National Car Rental has brought separate proceedings in Ontario Superior Court against the NHL Alumni Association, seeking indemnity for its legal costs and damages awarded in the Missouri action.
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto