Toby Keith and Family Awarded $2.8M in Father's Death

12/26/2007 at 11:15 AM EST

Toby Keith has won $2.8 million in damages in the 2001 accident that killed the country music star's father.

A jury returned the verdict last week against Elias Rodriguez and Pedro Rodriguez, operators of Rodriguez Transportes of Tulsa, and the Republic Western Insurance Co., the owners of the charter bus found to be "in urgent need" of brake repairs before Keith's father, H.K. Covel, was killed in a collision, the Associated Press reports.

"The jury found no fault on the part of Mr. Covel in the wreck that claimed his life," attorney Greg Dixon said.

Covel is survived by his wife Carolyn Covel, daughter Tonni Covel and sons Toby Keith Covel and Tracey Covel. The family initially suspected Covel suffered a medical condition that caused the truck to veer out of control, but later learned his truck had been bumped by another vehicle.

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