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Woman accepts settlement over crash that killed fiance

Three people died in the August accident at the intersection of Ridge Road and U.S. 19.


© St. Petersburg Times,
published June 5, 2001

NEW PORT RICHEY -- A New Port Richey woman who lost her fiance in a deadly car accident in August has agreed to settle her case against the teenager accused of causing the crash, his family and their insurance company for $160,000, according to court records.

Milissia Posey filed the wrongful death lawsuit against Raimond Moran last year on behalf of her fiance, Feliciano Castillo, and their 3-year-old daughter, Maria, whose pelvis was broken in five places in the crash.

According to the terms of the settlement agreement, State Farm Insurance agreed to pay Posey $150,000, of which $50,000 will go to her Tarpon Springs lawyer, Eduardo Latour. In addition to the insurance money, Posey, 29, will receive $10,000 over the next two years from Moran and his mother, Christine Breivik.

The settlement, which still must be approved by a judge, was reached during a May 16 mediation conference, court records show.

"It doesn't even begin to cover my daughter's medical bills," Posey said Monday, adding that the cost for Maria's lengthy hospital stay and her three operations already has exceeded $100,000. Nevertheless, Posey said she agreed to the settlement because it was the maximum the insurance company was liable for.

Authorities say Moran was driving his mother's Honda Prelude west on Ridge Road on Aug. 19 when he passed out as he approached the busy intersection at U.S. 19. According to police reports, Moran and two friends in the car with him had been inhaling from an aerosol can of computer keyboard cleaner, and were on their way to buy ecstasy, a mood-altering drug.

The Prelude ran a red light and collided with a Buick Regal driven by Posey. Three people in Posey's car died. In addition to Castillo, the crash also killed Posey's cousin, Douglas Allen, and his girlfriend, Megan Basinger, who was three months' pregnant.

Moran, now 18, has been charged with three counts of manslaughter. He is awaiting a June 25 trial.

In agreeing to the settlement, Moran admitted no liability for the crash.

A message left at Moran's Port Richey home Monday was not returned.

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