Reporting Tom Reopelle
SAN DIEGO (CBS) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. government to pay $17.8 million in compensation for a deadly jet crash in San Diego.
KNX 1070′s Tom Reopelle reports the verdict comes just days after Don Yoon would have celebrated his wedding anniversary with his late wife.
His family was killed on December 8, 2008, when a Marine jet fighter crashed into their home near Miramar.
Yoon lost his wife, Youngmi Lee, 36; his two daughters 15-month-old daughter, Grace and 2-month-old Rachel; and his mother-in-law, Seokim Kim Lee, 59, who was visiting from Korea to help take care of the infants.
Family attorney Brian Panish said Yoon was too emotional to speak upon hearing the decision, but he did issue a statement from Yoon.
“No sum of money will ever make up for the loss of our loved ones,” the statement read. “I still harbor no ill will towards the United States Marine Corps and the pilot that did all he could to prevent this tragedy.”
Yoon’s legal team had initially sought a settlement of $56 million, but said they were satisfied with the nearly $18 million compensation.