Settlement reached in lawsuit over crash deaths after 2008 concert at Gillette
DEDHAM — A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit brought by the parents of a Milton woman who was killed in a July 2008 car crash after a rowdy music event at Gillette Stadium.
No details of the settlement between the parents of Debra Davis and the Kraft Group were announced this morning. Norfolk Superior Court Judge Patrick Brady congratulated the lawyers from both sides on the settlement.
MaryAnn and Stephen Davis had alleged that security at Gillette failed to prevent ticketless underage drinkers from partying and consuming alcohol in the stadium parking lot before getting behind the wheel to drive home.
“We waited a long time, but there is no winning. We’re happy it has come to a close. It’s been five years of pain and suffering,” MaryAnn Davis said after the hearing.
She said her daughter was “a good young lady. She made a bad choice.”
She thanked the police chief in Foxborough, Ed O’Leary, for increasing security outside Gillette Stadium during big events.
“We’re grateful for that,” she said.
The settlement in the wrongful death and injury lawsuit was reached literally minutes before jury selection was to begin in the trial of the lawsuit. Stephen Davis fought back tears as he spoke with the lawyer for the Kraft Group after the court hearing.
The lawsuit claimed that the security force at the stadium was lax about enforcing a 2007 policy to deter tailgating by underage drinkers without tickets.
That proved fatal for Debra Davis, 20, and her friend Alexa Latteo, 19, of Mansfield, according to the lawsuit.
Latteo was driving the car leaving the New England Country Music Festival when it hit a tree on Route 1 on July 26, 2008, killing both women. A Norton woman who was in the backseat of the car was seriously injured.