After a crash with a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver killed a man, an Orange County jury has awarded over $10 million in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by his widow.
Richard Wiederhold, a district fire chief in Brevard County, suffered a spinal cord injury in the January 2011 crash, that resulted in Quadriplegy. He later died of his injuries in March 2012.
The jury determined that Michigan-based Domino’s Pizza was responsible for its franchisees and ordered them to pay over $10 million.
Domino’s Pizza LLC is planning on petitioning for a new trial. Company spokesperson Tim McIntyre said. “The delivery driver was an employee of an independent franchise owner…As he did not work for us, we believe there are grounds for a new trial.”
A judge has dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the widow of Roger Rodas, who died with the Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker in a car crash in 2013.
The lawsuit, filed by Kristine Rodas, alleged that the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT car went out of control because of a faulty part in the suspension. She also claimed that four specific defects in the car also contributed to the crash that killed Walker and Rodas.
However, U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez dismissed the lawsuit and ruled that the Porsche executives were not responsible for the crash, and the design defects were speculation. The ruling said, “Plaintiff has provided no competent evidence that Rodas’ death occurred as a result of any wrongdoing on the part of Defendant.
According to the lawsuit, filed on behalf of the deceased’s widow Angie Shelton and brother Ricky Dean Shelton, Mike developed lung cancer after working with the coal-ash spill cleanup crew at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.
The lawsuit claims that Jacobs Engineering Group’s safety contractors were aware that the fly ash was toxic but they did not take necessary steps to ensure health and safety of the workers.
The plaintiffs are seeking $18 million in compensatory damages and 10% of last year’s revenue as punitive damages.
According to the lawsuit, Joseph Koucky was admitted to MC-Hinsdale in stable condition on February 6, 2014 and died on April 27, 2014 due to substandard health-care facilities.
The lawsuit claims that the deceased developed bedsores and MC-Hinsdale failed to provide adequate care and physical therapy, thus contributing to his death.
Margaret Koucky, the widow, seeks a compensation of more than $50,000 plus fees and costs of attorney.