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State will pay Booth family

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By Carol A. Clark

The state of New Mexico has agreed to pay $550,000 to the family of Patricia Vigil-Booth, who was killed when her car crashed after sliding on liquid de-icer that had been sprayed on N.M. 502.Vigil-Booth, 53, died Dec. 15, 2006, in the fourth and final crash that day on the highway between Pojoaque and Los Alamos. Her car slammed into another car being loaded onto a tow truck.The state also has agreed to pay $200,000 to the tow truck's driver, Craig Nyland, who was injured in the crash, said Bob Rothstein, attorney for the Booth family.The $750,000 settlement was the maximum that could be awarded under state law.“Money is not everything – it does help but it doesn’t bring my mom back,” said Vigil-Booth’s son, Ben Martinez, this morning. “If I could, I’d give that money back if they’d give me my mom back. Nothing will ever be the same. No holiday will ever be the same; no birthday will ever be the same. My mom did so much for so many people in this community and no matter what happens, nothing will ever be the same.”The Booth family sued the New Mexico Department of Transportation in state district court in Santa Fe five months after the crash.


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