Roger Herrin of Williamson County, whose 15-year-old son, Michael, was one of four people killed when the Jeep they were riding in was hit by a truck that ran a stop sign in 2001, said he decided to have the sum delivered to the courthouse in quarters "because I couldn't do it in pennies," WSIL-TV, Carbondale, reported Friday.
The original wrongful death suit filed by the families of the victims resulted in a judge ruling Herrin should get $600,000 of the $800,000 insurance money from the Jeep the victims were riding in, but the other families appealed the decision and won.
Herrin, who the appeals court heard had received $1.65 million from other insurance coverage, was ordered to refund a portion of his share from the Jeep's insurance payout.
Herrin said his decision to pay the sum in quarters is a symbolic measure to show his support for his family.
"To support my deceased son and ex-wife, I have to fight it to the very end and this is [the] final end," Herrin said.
Attorneys representing the families of the other victims said they were barred from commenting by confidentiality agreements.