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Crash that killed inmate leads to lawsuit

A crash that killed an inmate has led to a lawsuit. The lawsuit has been filed against the driver of the bus, the county, the transportation service and the jail. The crash killed one inmate and injured another one just days before Christmas in Kentucky.

Two inmates were being transported back to the Franklin County Regional Jail on December 21 when the vehicle they were traveling in went off the road and slammed into a tree.

The wrongful death lawsuit was filed on April 3 in Franklin Circuit Court by the administrators of the victim's estate. The lawsuit names the vehicle's driver, Philadelphia Insurance Co., Kentucky Association of Counties, Franklin County, Blue Grass Community Action Partnership (BGCAP), the Franklin County Jailer and Bluegrass Ultra-Transit Service (BUS).

The lawsuit is seeking a trial for alleged negligence that led to the crash, court costs, attorney fees and damages. The complaint was answered on April 24 by the driver and BGCAP, who requested it be dismissed with prejudice. As of May 1, the remaining defendants had not answered the complaint.

The victim of the crash was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, where he died of his injuries. The other inmate and the driver were transported with serious injuries. It took first responders more than an hour to extricate the men from the bus.

The Franklin County Sheriff investigated the accident and said that speed and driver inattention were factors in the crash. The inmates were going back to the jail following their participation in a work release program.

The complaint alleges that the driver was operating the vehicle at a high rate of speed and failed to make a right turn that caused the vehicle to leave the roadway. The complaint also alleges that the driver did not have the proper training for transporting inmates.

If you or a loved one have suffered brain trauma in a serious accident, an attorney can help you learn your rights in Louisville, Kentucky.

Source: The State Journal, "Suit filed over crash that killed inmate," Rosalind Essig, May 02, 2017

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