MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Attorneys for the family of a University of Alabama student are settling their wrongful death suit following a 2013 crash that claimed the life of their loved one as she was returning home from the BCS National Championship game.
Natalie Baine, 20, was killed as she and others were returning from Miami, Florida where they'd just watched the Crimson Tide beat Notre Dame in the January 7th national championship game.
The lawsuit, filed by Montgomery-based law firm Beasley Allen, alleged that the driver of the vehicle in which Baine was riding was too fatigued to drive. Attorneys say both the male driver and male owner of the vehicle stayed up late after the game and partied at a bar. The group woke up early the next morning to make the trip back to Tuscaloosa.
As the vehicle they were traveling in came through Montgomery, it collided with a charter bus on Interstate 65 that was carrying University of Alabama cheerleaders. Baine was taken to an area hospital where she later died.
"We continue to mourn with our clients over the loss of their precious daughter," said Beasley Allen attorney Chris Glover. "Natalie's parents wanted this lawsuit to help prevent this sort of thing from ever happening to anyone again by getting the word out about the dangers of fatigued driving, which is every bit as dangerous as drunk driving. The problem is made worse when what little sleep you do have is impaired by alcohol. The world needs to know how important it is to get quality rest prior to driving any motor vehicle."
Details regarding the settlement remain confidential.
Baine, a Roswell, Georgia resident, was a junior at UA and was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.