Earnhardt autopsy photo lawsuit settled

Teresa Earnhardt, the widow of Dale Earnhardt, today settled her dispute with a group of newspapers led by the Orlando Sentinel. In the court-ordered mediation process, both sides worked with mediator John Upchurch to resolve the issue out of ...

Teresa Earnhardt, the widow of Dale Earnhardt, today settled her dispute with a group of newspapers led by the Orlando Sentinel. In the court-ordered mediation process, both sides worked with mediator John Upchurch to resolve the issue out of court.

The Sentinel, along with Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Tampa Tribune, WFLA-TV and websitecity.com had been seeking access to the autopsy photographs of Earnhardt, who was killed on 18 February, on the final lap of the Daytona 500.

Under the mediated agreement, Upchurch will appoint a mutually agreeable medical doctor, experienced in automotive biomechanics, within the next seven days. This medical authority will then conduct and supervise an independent expert medical review of the autopsy photographs and videotape.

After the examination, the doctor will make and independent determination of the cause of death, and prepare a written report of his or her findings for the Earnhardt estate and the news organizations involved. Media representatives will be permitted to pose three additional questions to the doctor.

Upon completion of the report, the autopsy photos and videotape will sealed and no further access will be permitted without a decision from an appeals court. No one other than the medical expert will gain access or be able to view the photos or the videotape at any time during the examination process.

-Motorsport.com staff

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt