A federal jury in Detroit has been seated to hear a wrongful death lawsuit filed by a Farmington Hills man who lost his wife and two children in a traffic accident.

Gary Weinstein is suing the former employer of Thomas Wellinger, who was drunk and doing 70 miles per hour when he slamed into a vehicle driven by Weinstein’s wife in 2005. Judith Weinstein and the couple’s nine and 12 year-old sons died.

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At the time, Wellinger was a sales executive at UGS Corporation, now Siemens. Wellinger was returning from Traverse City. His blood-alcohol level at the time of the accident was five times over the legal limit.

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The jury will decide whether UGS knew or should have known Wellinger was driving drunk. The company denies responsibility.

Wellinger was convicted of second-degree murder and is serving a 19-to-30 year prison sentence.

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