Family files $10 million lawsuit in fatal crash despite truck driver being cleared of any wrongdoing
Story by: Clarissa Hawes @ FreightWaves
The parents of two children killed in a fatal crash during a snowstorm in March 2018 on Interstate 29 in eastern North Dakota have filed a $10 million lawsuit, alleging negligence against the trucking company and its driver, despite a five-month investigation that cleared the truck driver of any wrongdoing.
Bryan Dean and Trista Curry recently filed their lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Fargo, North Dakota, against Pan-O-Gold Baking Company, headquartered in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and truck driver Michael Soyring.
According to court documents, Curry was driving a 2013 Honda Pilot with her three children on I-29 when icy conditions caused her to “lose control of her vehicle,” which slid into the path of Soyring’s truck. Despite his efforts to avoid the crash, his tractor-trailer still struck Curry’s SUV on the passenger side, the Star Tribune reported.
Killed in the crash were Curry’s 1-year-old and 9-year-old sons. Curry and her 3-year-old daughter both sustained serious injuries, while Soyring wasn’t injured in the crash.
The Grand Forks County States Attorney’s Office declined to file criminal charges against either driver involved in the fatal crash following a five-month investigation that reviewed the motor vehicle crash report, post-crash inspection field notes, as well as other supplemental reports. According to the article author Clarissa Hawes
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