Family of man doused in gasoline awarded $5.5 million
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- The family of a man who died after being set on fire at a local gas station have settled a multi-million lawsuit against the company that owns the property.
The mother and cousin of Darrell Brackett were awarded $5.5 million after Brackett was doused with gasoline and set on fire at the U-Gas station along Northwest 27th Avenue and 47th Street in Northwest Miami-Dade.
Brackett was filling up a portable container with gas when he was attacked by three men and set on fire. Brackett suffered severe burns on 75 percent of his body and passed away in February due to the severity of his injuries.
His mother said he would still be alive if the U-Gas station would have had more security and less crime. "I hope that, through this lawsuit, that they will start acting responsible, and I hope that no other mother will have to go through what I have to go through," said Bridgett Brackett.
The attack happened Christmas night, in 2012, after Brackett's car broke down. Sharetta Remikie, the victim's cousin, remember the deceased fondly. "He was the joy of the family," she said.
In a previous case, the family of Trinard Snell were awarded $5.7 million after Snell was shot and killed at another gas station owned by the same company.
Both gas stations are owned by the same company, who did nothing to improve security at either gas station after Snell was killed, leading to this latest tragic attack.
An attorney representing the family said, U-Gas was aware of the illegal activity taking place on the property and did nothing to improve security at either gas station. He said alleged drug dealing taking place at the gas stations and illegal slot machines attracted bad elements. "We resolved this case with Urbieta oil and their companies for $5.5 million, one of the largest settlements for a single surviving parent of an adult child," said attorney Todd Michaels.
Police said there is still a warrant out for Willie Summerset in connection to Brackett's death. If you have any information on Summerset's whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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