Just days after the deadly accident which left five Georgia Southern students dead, one of their families is filing a lawsuit against the people they say are responsible.
The five junior nursing students were hit and killed last Wednesday along I-16 in Bryan County on their drive to nursing clinical’s.
A lesser crash caused the backup that is believed to have led to the accident.
The crash in the early morning hours on I-16 claimed the lives of Caitlyn Baggett, Emily Clark, Catherine McKay Pittman, Morgan Bass and Abbie Deloach.
Now Deloach’s mother is taking her daughter’s case, and the circumstances that led to her death, to court. 15 pages. The first words that stands out, negligence and wrongful death.
That’s what Kim Deloach McQuaig says led to her daughter’s death.
“I was sitting in my truck and probably five to ten seconds after I had stopped,” explained Army Specialist William Robenolt. “I heard a loud bang but I saw a tractor trailer pushing the tanker truck past me.”
That’s how Specialist William Robenolt remembered the accident he witnessed first hand last week.
Now that tractor trailer company, among seven defendants named in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the mother of Abbie Deloach, one of those five victims.
According to the suit, the driver of a tractor trailer “suddenly and without warning” ran into the car in which Abbie was riding.
The suit goes to to say the driver for “Total Transportation” was “following too close“, and he “acted recklessly, carelessly” and with “total disregard of the rights and safety of other persons using the highway.”
He had the “last clear chance” to avoid the collision.
When he talked to News 3 Robenolt says he saw the aftermath, but is not sure exactly what led to the crash.
“I was sitting in my truck and probably five to ten seconds after I had stopped …I heard a loud bang but I saw a tractor trailer pushing the tanker truck past me,” said Robenolt.
“It all just happened quickly I saw the brake lights ahead of me and was just able to stop without any problem. But i couldn’t say people were going too fast right now ma’am.”
Kim Deloach McQuaig is asking for punitive damages, in excess of $15,000.
Total Transportation of Mississippi, the company that runs the tractor trailer service, tells News 3 they are cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation, but would not comment on the lawsuit.
The Georgia State Patrol is still investigating, but has not filed any charges yet.