As part of a settlement to return more than $500,000 in compensation, Roger Herrin, 76, paid $150,000 with four tons of quarters as an act of protest. Herrin had to pay as part of a ruling involving the victims of a car crash that killed his son.
According to the Associated Press, Herrin’s 15-year-old son, Michael, was a passenger in a car that was hit by a truck that sped through a stop sign in June 2001. Michael was killed while the driver and two other passengers were injured.
Roger Herrin was awarded $1.6 million compensation from his insurance company and received additional compensation from the $800,000 awarded by other insurance companies. WSILTV reports Herrin was awarded $600,000 of the $800,000 as part of the underinsured motorist coverage and the survivors split the remaining portion of the compensation. The three survivors of the wreck appealed the decision to award Herrin with the majority of the $800,000 compensation and the 5th District Appellate Court, located in Mount Vernon, Ill., ruled in their favor.
Herrin agreed and paid the first portion of the money to the survivors in quarters. The Illinois businessman wanted to originally pay the money back in pennies but that proved too daunting of a task and he switched to quarters, the AP reports. Herrin got the 600,000 quarters from the Federal Reserve in St. Louis and delivered the change to the law firms representing the survivors. The quarters, collected in 150 sacks that weighed 50 pounds each, were delivered by a flatbed truck.
Speaking to the AP, Herrin said the ruling was incorrect and “everybody knows it's wrong.” He also said, “I've had 10 years to think about this a little bit, and I'm very, very bitter at this ruling.”
Attorneys for the survivors did not comment, citing a possible violation of a confidentiality agreement, while the law firms that received the change were worried about potential theft. According to Mark Prince, an attorney that represents the driver of the vehicle hit by the truck, “We've been on pins and needles because we had a lot of cash suddenly laying around, it was publicized,” the AP reports.