A Madison Heights, Virginia, widow is suing a Georgia truck driver for the wrongful death of her husband in February 2010. Also named in that lawsuit are two Department of Transportation workers for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The plaintiff is seeking $10 million, and $350,000 in compensatory and punitive damages, respectively.
According to the suit, the 64-year old decedent was the owner of a garage and heavy wrecker service who had responded to the scene of an overturned gravel truck on Virginia 130. The plaintiff alleges that the two co-defendants who work for the DOT attempted to route traffic around the overturned truck as it lay across both lanes of the highway, restricting traffic flow.