The driver had left the company shuttle van running, with the keys in the ignition, while she momentarily got out of the vehicle to handle an issue. Florida statutes prohibit a driver from leaving their vehicle unattended with the keys still in the vehicle. While the Ramada driver was outside the van, a third party got in the van, stole it, and ultimately crashed into the Plaintiff’s car at a speed of approximately 100 miles per hour. The accident caused both property damage and personal injury.
After a 15 minute deliberation, the jury returned with a Defense Verdict finding no liability on the Ramada or its driver.