86 year-old, ANTI-MONSANTO lawyer, John O’Quinn was allegedly driving 60MPH on a residential 40MPH street in the pouring rain. According to sources: John had a driver AND a passenger; he was driving, and NOT driving. regardless, ALL 2 passengers are both dead.
Wikipedia: “John Maurice O’Quinn (1941 – October 29, 2009) … died in a single car crash in Houston, Texas, aged 68; the cause of the crash is under investigation.”
Houston Chronicle: Prominent Houston lawyer John O’Quinn was the man driving a sport utility vehicle that lost control on the rain-slicked surface of Allen Parkway and crashed into a large tree, killing him and his passenger this morning, based on preliminary information gathered by crash investigators, police said. The passenger was identified as Johnny Lee Cutliff, 56, of the 5300 block of Bacher. Neither man was wearing a seat belt, said the police sources, who asked not to be identified.
LA Times: O’Quinn was killed with his driver when their sport utility vehicle slammed into a tree in Houston, attorney Neil McCabe at the O’Quinn Law Firm confirmed.
Police said it appeared that the SUV veered to the left, jumped a curb and careened over a grassy median, crossed the eastbound traffic lanes and hopped another curb onto a second median before smashing into the tree on the south side of Allen Parkway. Tire marks across the first median show the path of the hurtling SUV.
The driver’s side air bag, splashed with what appeared to be blood, was deployed, as well as others around the vehicle.
Houston lawyer Levi Benton, a former judge, said he ran into O’Quinn at Hobby Airport shortly after 7 a.m. this morning. The two lawyers were side by side in the security line headed to the gates.
“He said he was going to a mediation in San Antonio,” said Benton, who was headed to Dallas himself. Benton said O’Quinn looked older than when he last saw him but otherwise seemed fine.
“He had his full strength. He shook my hand. He laughed. He had that great smile. He was John,” said Benton, who was shocked to later hear O’Quinn for some reason had not gotten on the plane, only to be killed in a car crash on Allen Parkway.
Houston attorney Dan Cogdell said he was in Hobby Airport at 9:30 a.m. today and did not yet know of O’Quinn’s death when he heard an operator repeatedly paging O’Quinn, telling O’Quinn to report to a Southwest Airlines gate for departure. The operator paged O’Quinn for about 30 minutes, Cogdell estimated.
“It was very eerie,” Cogdell said. “It seems to me they were holding a plane for him, which Southwest (Airlines) doesn’t usually do … I thought it really strange that he would be flying commercial.”
HPD officials recorded no fatal wrecks on Allen Parkway in 2008, 2007 and 2005. One fatal crash occurred in 2006 and six in 2004.
O’Quinn, 68, and his driver were killed in Houston when their SUV hit a tree.
“He had lots of earth-shattering verdicts,” Richard Laminack, a former partner at the firm, said in an interview. “He won $12 million for a dead bull, $105 million for the death of a worker at MONSANTO. He had quite a track record.”
O’Quinn was one of five Texas lawyers who shared $3.3 billion in legal fees for their role representing the state in negotiating a $17.3-billion settlement with the tobacco industry.
In 2004, he won a $900-million punitive-damages judgment as part of a $1-billion verdict against Wyeth on behalf of the family of a woman who died after taking the diet drug fen-phen. The case was appealed by the company and later was settled, O’Quinn told Bloomberg News this year.
Reinhold, Robert. “Jurors Assess Monsanto $108 Million Over Death“, The New York Times, December 13, 1986. Article regarding verdict obtained by John O’Quinn for the death of a chemical worker who developed leukemia after exposure to benzene.
A Federal jury in Galveston, Tex., today ordered the Monsanto Company to pay $108 million to the family of a chemical worker who died of leukemia after working with the chemical benzene for five years at a Monsanto plant near here.
Benzene: a colorless volatile liquid hydrocarbon present in [rockefeller] coal tar and petroleum, used in chemical synthesis. Its use as a solvent has been reduced because of its carcinogenic properties. Chemical formula: C6H6.