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Elias Roberto Lopez, individually and as personal representative of the estate of Eda Lopez, deceased; and as conservator of the estate of their children, appeals the trial courts entry of final judgment pursuant to a jury verdict finding only defendant Jeff Langer negligent and partially liable for the death of Eda Lopez, which occurred after she was struck by a vehicle driven by Jeff. Jeffs father, Frank, was the title-holder of the vehicle which struck Mrs. Lopez, but was found by the jury not to be "the owner" of the vehicle for purposes of extending tort liability under the theory of negligent entrustment. Lopez asserts the trial court erroneously instructed the jury on that issue. Lopez also contends that the jury verdict was inconsistent in that the jury specifically found that Frank Langer was a proximate cause of Eda Lopez death, yet did not ascribe any percentage of causation to him when they totaled their negligence assessments. Finally, Lopez appeals as prejudicial error the trial courts failure to strike certain portions of defense counsels closing argument wherein Lopez contends defense counsel violated the prohibition against "golden rule" arguments, by asking the jury to place themselves in the position of defendant Frank Langer.