Family of pedestrian killed in crash with cement truck at Clark Memorial Bridge files lawsuit
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The family of a woman killed after being hit by a concrete truck on the Clark Memorial Bridge last month has filed a lawsuit.
The victim, 24-year-old Ryann M. Tewell, was pronounced dead at the scene. According to LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell, it happened around 7:40 a.m. on June 12, in the crosswalk on the Louisville side of the Clark Memorial Bridge at Second and Main. That's where the victim was hit by a cement truck.
Mitchell says the truck driver was turning right onto the bridge from Main Street. The victim was dragged from the base of the bridge for about 150 yards, according to police.
Police say the driver of the truck didn't realize he had struck Tewell until witnesses flagged him down.
"Preliminarily, it does look that way -- he didn't realize that he had struck her," Mitchell said. "He was flagged down by some other witnesses who saw it going on, and he did stop. At this point it doesn't appear he was trying to leave the scene."
Police say this was an unfortunate accident. We're told the driver works for Advance Ready Mix in Louisville.
On June 24, Tewell's family filed a lawsuit against Advance Ready-Mix Concrete, Inc., alleging that the driver, "breached his duties by proceeding to make the right turn onto the 2nd Street bridge without due regard for the safety of pedestrians with the right-of-way in the crosswalk, including Ryann Tewell, and otherwise operating his vehicle in a careless and negligent manner causing the truck to strike Ms. Tewell."
Tyler Thompson, one of the attorneys representing the family said the reason for the lawsuit is simply closure. Thompson said the family is looking for answers in the tragic death of their loved one. Without any criminal charges, they have yet to see any evidence, and a lawsuit will allow for that.
The lawsuit demands compensatory damages from Advance Ready-Mix Concrete, Inc.
In written answer to the lawsuit, attorneys for the company deny the allegations against the driver.
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