Bachus & Schanker, LLC Wins Large Jury Verdict in Drunken Driving Case

Kyle Bachus, managing partner of Bachus & Schanker, LLC, led a trial team that achieved a $2.7 million jury verdict, including $800,000 in punitive damages, for the family Michael Snyder. Snyder, 23 years old, was an active duty airman at Buckley Air Force Base at the time of his death. He was riding his motorcycle on Alameda when he was killed in a hit-and-run drunken driving accident in April 2014.

Michael Snyder’s family filed a wrongful death suit against William Pettapiece, the driver who hit Snyder. Pettapiece pleaded guilty in a criminal case and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. The Synder family worked with Bachus & Schanker, LLC to bring a civil suit to send a clear message regarding the dangers of drinking and driving. The four-day trial was held in Denver District Court and included 16 witnesses.

Michael’s family, who made the trip from Illinois to participate in the trial, said it is clear that there are no real winners in this situation. But according to his father, Stacy Snyder, “We felt like the jury did a good job and hope that this will deter others from drinking and driving.

Bachus & Schanker, LLC has actively supported Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for several years. “It was a very emotional week for our entire team,” Bachus said. “The Synder family was just phenomenal through this entire process. We’d be very happy if we never had to help a family in a drunken driving case again. Anything that we can do to help prevent this from happening is worth the effort.”

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