Man Files Lawsuit Against Trucking Company for Deaths of Three Family Members

A man filed a lawsuit against a trucking company recently. A Pittsburgh resident’s injury attorney recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a Georgia trucking company over an alleged incident that reportedly occurred between Phoenix and Tucson on Thursday, September 8.

Sean Reynolds filed the suit against Sierra Transportation Inc. in U.S. District Court in Marshall, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, October 25. The Pittsburgh Daily Tribune reports the lawsuit contends three of Reynolds’ family members were killed last month after an 18-wheeler reportedly crossed over a median of the interstate, slamming into the car his family members were driving in.

His lawsuit asserts Derrick, Wendy and Shane Reynolds were killed as a result of injuries sustained during the collision. Police reports indicate the minivan the Reynolds were reportedly traveling in at the time burst into flames after being struck by the tractor trailer.

A spokesperson from the Arizona Highway Patrol affirmed the driver of the 18-wheeler, 61-year-old Rickey Duffey, a Georgia native, also died after the crash, which occurred on a highly trafficked portion of Interstate-10.

Officials said that they are continuing to investigate the automobile collision, but they conceded they have not determined whether they believe Duffey lost control of his truck. After the 18-wheeler reportedly hit the minivan the Reynolds were driving in, reports indicate it then smashed into another semi-tractor trailer before ultimately rolling onto its side.

In the lawsuit filed by Reynolds, he reportedly seeks wrongful death and survival damages for mental anguish, loss of consortium and loss of advice and counsel, among other charges brought. Reynolds’ injury lawyer said the death could have been prevented, but that Duffey’s negligence ultimately caused their deaths.

“As a result of the negligent acts of Duffey, the Reynolds were trapped in their vehicle, burned alive and eventually killed,” the lawsuit reportedly states.

Reynolds family members were reportedly traveling to San Diego, California, at the time of the collision. Sean is reportedly the sole surviving member of the family, according to the lawsuit. He is seeking to recover damages under both statutory and common law.

Seven-hundred and sixty-two people were killed in fatal crashes in Arizona in 2010, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Crash Facts Summary. Of that figure, 406 people were drivers, 182 were passengers, 155 were pedestrians and 19 were pedacyclists, government data indicates.