Billy Lane Civil Lawsuit Settled Out Of Court

After a long mediation between the family of Gerald Morelock Family with Billy Lane and attorneys for DaimlerChrysler, an out of court settlement has been negotiated and agreed. The civil action was filed in October of 2006 by June Morelock, the mother of Gerald Morelock against William D. Lane and Daimler Chrysler for the wrongful death of her son. Attorneys for all parties met with a mediator for hours on Monday with Billy Lane and the Morelock family all present. The case is now closed and a settlement for a undisclosed amount has been reached between the parties. Billy Lane is still facing criminal charges for DUI Manslaughter but the civil action against him and Dodge has ended in agreement. Lane’s criminal charges for DUI Manslaughter are still pending with the next scheduled hearing date of August 17 at the Brevard county court house in Viera Florida.


24 Responses to “Billy Lane Civil Lawsuit Settled Out Of Court”

  1. 1 Asa Jul 28th, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    Billy Billy Billy Whew Whats next .

  2. 2 Rodster Jul 29th, 2007 at 3:03 am

    Unfortunately money will not buy time. Time will be served for that DUI manslaugher charge. He is lucky to be unlucky to have such money support and legal counsel from sponser Daimler Chrysler.

  3. 3 JD Jul 31st, 2007 at 7:17 am

    How many times does it have to be said. DONT DRINK AND DRIVE

  4. 4 Rick Celia Aug 2nd, 2007 at 9:00 am

    I feel very sad for the Family, but holding Daimler-Chrysler in the suit is bullshit. Billy is to blame, not the Corporation. They were not controlling the vehicle. Lawyers just sicken me!!!

  5. 5 Billy Aug 2nd, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    If he had killed your son what should the penalty be? Gotta get these drunks off the road!

  6. 6 Rick Celia Aug 2nd, 2007 at 2:30 pm


    I know that Billy Lane was drunk, but the auto manufacturere should not be involved. That was my point. I agree, let’s get the Drunks AND the cell phone users off the road!!

  7. 7 Silver Aug 2nd, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    The truck was theirs. He’s their employee. It was their obligation to confirm that he had a good and valid license prior to giving him the truck. And as an employee they’re liable in any event. I bet those lawyers made a sweetheart settlement !

  8. 8 robert Aug 8th, 2007 at 8:39 am

    Whatever a sweetheart settlement is…….it will not bring back the dead!! Yes, people need to be responsible fro whom they loan promo vehicles too!!!

  9. 9 morgan Sep 22nd, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    If he was drunk, why not sue the bars that served him and then let him walk away? Why not sue the alcohol manufactures? How about the maker of the tires on the truck?
    I have thought about this quite a bit and if it was a family member of mine and it had taken this long to go to court and in that time I saw that BL had quit drinking and was still contributing to charities, I might change my mind about him spending time in jail.
    If he would agree to promote not drinking and driving at the large bike events he goes to and he continued to stay sober I think that would do more good than putting him in prison and then everyone forget what he did. People need to see him at events to remember what can happen if they drink and drive and believe me I see a lot of it when I attend bike events. You see so many bikes parked at the bars and you know those people aren’t going to leave their bikes there and call a cab. There needs to be someone well known in the biker community to start promoting not drinking and riding. That person could be Billy Lane! I personally have not drove while drinking since this happened. If it can happen to him it could happen to me. Putting me in prison wouldn’t do anything to help or hurt me. Me trying to live with what I had done would be the worst punishment of all,

  10. 10 Cyril Sep 22nd, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    I agree 100%, Morgan.

  11. 11 Nicker Sep 23rd, 2007 at 3:37 am

    “…Putting me in prison wouldn’t do anything to help or hurt me…”

    Not many who’ve done hard time would agree about it “not hurting.”


  12. 12 morgan Sep 24th, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    I guarantee you that my own mind would punish me worse then any physical or verbal punishment I would receive in prison. I know prison is no picnic but you would eventually get out of prison but I would have to live with myself forever. I would do my best to prevent the same thing from happening to others. I would make it my goal in life.

  13. 13 Nicker Sep 26th, 2007 at 1:01 am


    I guesss the question is:

    Will Billy “…punish [himself] worse than any physical or verbal punishment…”

    Is that where the legal system comes in?


  14. 14 Nicker Sep 26th, 2007 at 1:02 am

    Ooops…… 🙁

    sorry, “Morgan”

  15. 15 goldiron Sep 26th, 2007 at 10:20 am

    Morgan said,”There needs to be someone well known in the biker community to start promoting not drinking and riding.”

    Well it sure as heck won’t be Harley Davidson. They just partnered with Miller Brewing for there 105th Anniversary.

  16. 16 morgan Sep 26th, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    I can’t answer for BL but I have seen and talked to him several times since the accident. He has only recently started smiling again. At first he seemed very down. He has said he has not drank since the accident. He drank Pepsi while working on my bike.
    I personally don’t know anyone that wouldn’t be devastated if they had caused the death of another human being.
    I have seen Byron Morelock’s and his son’s myspaces. They both seem to be still partying.
    Shame on Harley Davidson!

  17. 17 Nicker Sep 26th, 2007 at 9:28 pm

    Ya, morgan, i hear ya.

    It’s a matter of perspective.
    Some humans have that empathy (which would devastate them) and some don’t. In any case, time will tell.


  18. 18 morgan Sep 27th, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    It’s very nice that we were able to discuss this without someone getting mad and becoming nasty. Can’t say that about some other sites.

  19. 19 Nicker Sep 28th, 2007 at 12:44 am

    My pleasure…. Thank you!


  20. 20 Chet O.E.P. Burozski Nov 4th, 2007 at 10:50 am

    People are so quick to judge. The sad thing about this whole situation is this could have been anyone of us. On either side. If anyone of the people reading this can actually say they have never driven when they shouldn’t have, than you’re a better person then me. I have, in the past driven home and couldn’t remember how I got home. Most of us are in the same boat weather we want to admit it or not. So if nothing else this sad and unfortunate incodent hopefully will teach us all a well needed lesson. My thoughts and prayers go out to both families.
    Chet O.E.P. Burozski

  21. 21 Andy Jan 13th, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Is Billy Lane going on anymore Easyrider’s tours, either the Bike tours or the Rodeo tours

  22. 22 eric Jan 18th, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    do the crime do the time
    i live in england and i am a big fan of billy and is work but he must pay for what he did.

  23. 23 Pete Da Podman Jan 22nd, 2008 at 10:33 am

    So when is Billy going on the next killing spree!!!!

    Might seem hash but thats what he did, he KILLED someone and now wants to use doubt to get him off. Billy if you are reading this YOUR A KILLER regardless if you do anytime.

    Hair cut, off the booze (in front of the camera’s) trying to do deals (like when you snitch on your friend and he’s inside) means nothing, it don’t mean nothing!!!!!!

    When they lay you down for the last time you will still be a KILLER – RIP Billy the Killer

  24. 24 Mitz May 21st, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    I’m a big fan of Billy; I know he made a bad choice. But he is only human; I know that Billy has learned from this horrible experience. I think prison time won’t do good for him, instead he should be promoting about responsible drinking. My husband and I go out in our bike and we drink, but we know our limits if my husband wants to get drunk then I don’t drink and has worked for us. I pray for Billy and I hope he comes back to TV shows I really miss seeing him on TV, now I go to the WEB to get any updates on his motorcycles or clothing line. Before we crucify him think about what you would feel if you were to be in his shoes. God Bless Gerald Morelock’s family and Billy Lane.

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