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Family Awarded Over $1M in 2011 Death of Son in South Hadley


(WGGB) — The family of Joe Kareta has been awarded over $1 million in the wrongful death of their son.

The 22-year-old Kareta was struck by a car driven by Attorney Craig Barton in August of 2011 when he was getting mail from his aunt’s house in South Hadley.

Police say Barton was traveling about 80 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone and struck Kareta hard enough to knock him out of his sneakers and send his body flying 109 feet.

Barton is serving 5 to 7 years after being convicted of motor vehicle homicide.

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