The family of NFL star Derrick Thomas will not get any money from General Motors, a Kansas City jury decided Tuesday. Thomas' mother was seeking at least $73 million.
Thomas, a nine-time pro-bowl linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, was fatally injured on Jan. 23, 2000, when his Chevrolet Suburban rolled over in a car crash. Thomas, paralyzed from the neck down after the crash, died 16 days later.
Attorneys for General Motors argued that he was driving too fast on icy roads and was tossed from the truck because he was not wearing his seatbelt.
Attorneys for Thomas' mother, Edith Morgan, and his other survivors claimed the roof was not strong enough to sustain the accident and caved in on Thomas.
Another person in the Suburban, Michael Tellis, who also was not wearing a seat belt, died at the scene. A third person who was wearing a seat belt was unharmed.