2006, Lake Forest, California-
Nicole Catsouras was only 18 on Halloween day of 2006 when she decided to borrow her Daddy’s Porsche 911 Carrera without his permission. That’s a whole lot of car for a young girl with little driving experience. She decided to test the car out, see how fast it could go; this didn’t end well. She topped off at approximately 100 miles per hour, lost control of the vehicle, clipped another vehicle, and slammed into a cement toll booth. The death was instantaneous, Nicole was practically decapitated.
You can imagine the grief Lesli and Christos Catsouras felt after losing their daughter, but what’s worse is that the photos of Nicole’s death were leaked. A couple of highway patrol workers sent the photos to family, and they spread like wildfire. Internet people can be so cruel; strangers began sending the family photos of their mangled daughter. The parents were so horrified they decided to pull their younger daughter out of school so that she wouldn’t be harassed as well.
The Catsouras filed a lawsuit against the highway patrol for leaking the photos, and who can blame them? The legal battle stretched out over the years, and eventually the family was found to have suffered severe emotional and mental distress due to the photos having been leaked. The family eventually received a payout of $2.375 million.