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$12,000 Settlement Reached in Washington Parolee Wrongful Death Claim

A $12,000 settlement was reached in a wrongful death suit against the State of Washington and Pierce County.

Tracy Joe Enoch-Jevne was convicted on four separate DUI counts spanning from February 1996 to December 1998. Due to an error, she was mistakenly released early on her last DUI conviction from Pierce County. Enoch-Jevne was also required to report immediately to her probation officer upon her release, which she did not do, and no action was taken by her probation officer for the violation. On December 2, 1999, she drove her mother’s, Janet Enouch, truck while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. She struck and killed Micheal McGuire while he was standing near the gas pumps at a convenience store in Pierce County, Washington.

Susan M. McGuire, Michael’s wife, filed suit on November 1, 2000 on behalf of McGuire’s estate, naming Pierce County, the State of Washington and both Tracy Enoch-Jevne and Janet Enoch as defendants. The claims were negligence against Pierce County for the error of the early release, Washington State for negligence, lack of proper supervision, and Janet Enoch for negligently allowing her daughter to drive her truck under the influence.

Settlement was reach on November 27, 2002, between McGuire’s estate and defendants Pierce County and the State of Washington, in which they will make an annual payment of $6,000 for two years. Steve Bulzomi of Tacoma represented McGuire’s estate. See: McGuire v. Enoch-Jevne et al, State of Washington, Pierce County Superior Court Case No.: 99-2-141577.

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Related legal case

McGuire v. Enoch-Jevne et al, State of Washington