The Tale of Baron Hilton’s Drunk-Driving Case And The Frivolous Lawsuit
In a 2008 incident, Baron Hilton allegedly crashed his car into one vehicle, drove the wrong way for miles down Pacific Coast Highway, then pulled into a gas station in Malibu, where he hit the gas station attendant Fernando Tellez. The wild night of reckless partying resulted in Mr. Tellez’ permanent disability and required him to go through dozens of surgeries and medical procedures.
Hilton, who was 18 at the time, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. Hilton denied that he had driven the car at any time despite witnesses who placed him in the vehicle. He has since been ordered to pay $4.9 million to Mr. Tellez for the victim’s pain and suffering, medical expenses and loss of earnings. Hilton was also ordered to pay $225,000 in punitive damages and nearly $71,000 in interest.
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