Jury orders ex-cop convicted in DUI death to pay victim's family

Jury orders ex-cop convicted in DUI death to pay victim's family $3.25M

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James Kendrick at his sentencing in 2011. Source: WBRC video James Kendrick at his sentencing in 2011. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A jury concluded deliberations on a civil case involving a former Birmingham police officer and the Volcano Club by ordering the defendants to pay millions of dollars to the victim's family.

In November 2009 former Birmingham police officer, James L. Kendrick, was off duty when he was involved in a crash that killed a 35-year-old father and minister from Hoover, Derric E. Rush.

Late Wednesday the jury decided Kendrick should have to the pay the victim's family $3.25 million and Club Volcano is ordered to pay $37 million.

The lawsuit alleged Kendrick was drinking that night outside Club Volcano and then continued drinking in the club before the crash happened on I-20/59 at Arkadelphia Road.

Rush's family filed the suit and they say it's not about the money but sending a message to other clubs and people who may think about doing the same thing.

Kendrick was sentenced to 12 years after being convicted of reckless manslaughter in the case.

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