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Family of Las Vegas woman killed in crash caused by drunken driver awarded $13M

A jury has awarded nearly $13 million to the family of a 21-year-old woman who died six years ago in a crash caused by a drunken driver.

Christina Konarski of Las Vegas was a passenger in a car that was rear-ended in the early morning of Dec. 12, 2010, near the Strip.

Edris Ghani, 37, of San Diego, was arrested in the crash and later sentenced to five to 20 years for DUI resulting in death.

Konarski’s father and her mother, who was critically injured in the crash and has lost the use of her right arm, sued Ghani for negligence in December 2012. On June 10, after years of litigation and a weeklong jury trial, Leonard and Cynthia Konarski were awarded $12,944,014.

“For us and the family, it was never about the money,” said one of Konarski’s attorneys, Alison Brasier. “It was about getting justice for Christina and giving her a voice and telling her story.”

Brasier said Ghani’s attorneys recommended a reward of a little more than $1 million in compensatory damages and no punitive damages. Konarski’s attorneys didn’t make a monetary recommendation but did ask the jury to award an amount it felt would honor Christina’s memory.

About half of the damages, $6.5 million, were punitive, awarded to deter others from drunken driving.

”If you are going to drink and drive on our streets, you are going to pay the price,” Brasier said.

Contact Kimber Laux at klaux@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0283. Follow @lauxkimber on Twitter.

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