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Judge awards Texas mother $1.7M in wrongful death lawsuit against restaurant

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CONROE, Texas — A Montgomery County judge has returned a $1.7 million final judgment against a Golden Chopsticks restaurant in The Woodlands, Texas, for the death of 27-year-old Bobby Joe Johnson, who was walking to his apartment when he was hit by one of the restaurant’s delivery drivers.

The final judgment on March 24 from District Court Judge Kristin Bays awarded Mr. Johnson’s mother, Telina Wheaton, over $1.6 million individually. In addition, the judgment included $136,323, plus prejudgment interest, and all court costs, for Mr. Johnson’s estate.

“The tragedy in this case is that Mr. Johnson’s death was preventable. Golden Chopsticks and their driver had a responsibility to the public when delivering food to customers,” said Ms. Wheaton’s attorney, PMR Law trial lawyer Brent Phelps. “Because of this driver’s carelessness and the restaurant’s failure to train and supervise its drivers, Mr. Johnson is no longer with us today. We are grateful that the judge agreed with the facts that we presented.”

According to the lawsuit, Mr. Johnson was walking to the apartment he shared with his mother around 8:30 p.m. on April 2, 2019, when he was struck by the delivery driver as he crossed the street on F.M. 1488 in Conroe. Mr. Johnson spent two days in the emergency room before he died on April 4, 2019, from a blunt force injury.

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