On the morning of July 20, 2011 Samantha Paul was driving her two daughters to daycare when a tragic, preventable semi truck crash claimed the life of her 9 year-old daughter Rachel Beckwith and changed Paul's life forever.
Paul was stopped in heavy traffic on I-90 in the exit lane to Northbound I-405 waiting for traffic to merge onto I-405 heading into Bellevue, WA. Traffic was backed up for a good half mile from the I-405 exit.
Two semi trucks approached the stopped traffic, semi truck #1 was in the lane that was stopped while semi truck #2 was behind by several hundred feet in the next lane over. Both semi truck drivers realized semi truck #1 had no time to stop and a crash was going to happen. Semi truck #2 had an opportunity to change lanes to give semi truck #1 room to also change lanes but didn't for some unknown reason. Semi truck #1 tried to change lanes but hit semi truck #2 then smashed into the line of stopped cars causing a 24 car pile-up.
Police estimated semi truck #1 was traveling at about 60 mph when the crash began. Tragically the end result of the massive pile up was a beautiful 9 year-old little girl lost her life after three days in the hospital.
Defendants Agree To Settle Before Trial
We were able to successfully recovered a $3,200,000 settlement for the Estate of Rachel Beckwith after a semi truck crash on Interstate 90 took the life of 9 year-old Rachel.
Rachel's story touched a nation and global community!
Tragedy Was Turned into Hope and Light
Out of Loss Arose Life