Joyce v. State of Washington D.O.C.

Award: $22.4 million Settlement

Attorneys: Jack Connelly

Case Summary:
Plaintiff Paula Joyce, mother, physical therapist and athletic trainer with the University of Puget Sound, was murdered by a felon on community service supervision named Valdez Stewart. After stealing a Chevrolet suburban in Seattle, defendant Stewart exited HWY 16 and sped down Union Avenue going 65 to 90 miles per hour, without stopping for traffic signs or lights and struck Joyce’s vehicle (Union Avenue is a residential street with a speed limit of 30 m.p.h.). Her small truck rolled over several times, and Ms. Joyce died at the scene. Def. Stewart had committed over 100 violations of the courts conditions for community service, and had committed additional crimes, while supposedly under supervision, including a felony automobile theft. Def. DOC failed to adequately supervise Def. Stewart resulting in Plff Joyce’s untimely death.