Judge needs more info to ok teen death settlement

By Terri Flagg - tflagg@civitasmedia.com

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DOBSON — On Monday, a Superior Court judge withheld approval of an insurance settlement for the family of two young sisters killed in a November 2014 wreck.

The accident that claimed the lives of Taylor Thompson, a 17-year-old North Surry High School student, and Megan Davis, 12, occurred a few days before Thanksgiving on U.S. 52 between King and Pinnacle.

Dakota Goss, then an 18-year-old North Surry student, had driven the half-sisters and his own 15-year-old brother, Brendan Goss, to see the Festival of Lights at Tanglewood Park, according to police statements.

On their way home, the vehicle veered off the road and collided with a guardrail end terminal. Davis and Thompson were pronounced dead at the scene.

Brendan Goss was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in critical condition. He survived the accident but sustained serious injuries.

The settlement proposed by Dakota Goss’s insurance carrier, Nationwide Affinity Insurance Company of America, offers the policy limit of $60,000 per accident to be distributed equally among estates of the two sisters and Brendan Goss.

Mary Ann Davis, administrator of her daughters’ estates, had agreed to the $20,000 settlement. She appeared in court on Monday with her husband, Nolan Davis, but was not represented by an attorney.

Presiding Judge Lindsay Davis asked if Mary Ann Davis had consulted an attorney regarding the settlement, which she had not.

As the settlement was based entirely on insurance proceeds, the judge also asked if Dakota Goss’s assets had been investigated by either Mary Ann Davis or Kara Bordman, the Greensboro attorney representing Nationwide.

The judge noted that a settlement would release Goss from liability. “I’m concerned,” he said, “if negligence is not an issue, is $20,000 enough?”

Judge Davis asked the parties to provide additional documentation before he would approve the settlement and agreed to hold the matter until the end of the week.

“I need more information,” such as tax returns or affidavits, he said. “Something so I can have a factual basis to determine if the settlement is fair and reasonable.”

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