A certified nurse assistant was killed in Lincoln, Nebraska in July of
this year in an incident which will lead to a wrongful death suit. The
47 year-old woman died two blocks from her home when her car was hit by
a Nebraska Department of Correctional Services van driven by an inmate
who was authorized by the institution to transport other inmates involved
in work details. The driver of the van had two DUIs and more than one
reckless driving conviction on his criminal record.
Prior to slamming into the woman's vehicle, witnesses said that the
van driver ran a red light and was speeding at about 80 miles per hour.
Another witness claimed he got his vehicle out of the way just in time
to avoid being hit by the correctional institution's van.
The correctional institution has been harshly criticized for allowing an
inmate with those types of traffic convictions to drive the prison van.
Three days after the tragic crash, the inmate driver program was suspended
by the state of Nebraska.
In a press release state officials promised a thorough review of the policy
which led to such an incident. In the weeks that followed, the inmate
who drove the van was charged with manslaughter. In the meantime, the
victim's family has filed a wrongful death claim against the van driver
as well as the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.
If your family has suffered the loss of a loved one because of another
person or party's negligence, you can hold them liable through a
wrongful death claim. The Robert Pahlke Law Group provides experienced legal help for victims
throughout the state of Nebraska. Our lawyers have more than 85 years
of combined experience in personal injury and wrongful death law, and
we can help you seek justice for your family's losses. Contact us
to discuss your case or take a few moments to fill out a
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