Local Company, Driver named in Crash Lawsuit
Louisiana Family of Five Killed on Highway 80
An attorney representing the family calls the case “mind numbing” that most of us can’t possibly fathom loosing 5 family members at one time. The civil lawsuit was filed by Butler Wooten & Peak and seeks unspecified damages.
The lawsuit filed in Superior Court names Schnitzer Steel Trucking company in Columbus and local driver Kenneth Cathey
as the defendants.
The documents don’t list a specific cause of the accident but do show the driver never hit his brakes when he plowed into Carrie Jones, her seven year old daughter, four year old son, her mother and aunt in front of the East Alabama Motor Speedway early that July morning
A photo attached of the aftermath shows Jones’ Nissan SUV completely unrecognizable after the crash that killed all five.
The suit also seeks damages specifically for ” post impact shock, fright and terror”….suggesting at least one of the victims survived a short time after the collision.
A Muscogee County will ultimately determine a dollar amount in damages and in a separate action a Russell County Grand Jury will determine if any criminal charges are appropriate against the truck driver coming up in May.
Robbie Watson, WLTZ First News.