Cement truck accident victim's family still looking for answers
It’s been nearly a year since Anita Duvall was hit by a truck while crossing the street in the crosswalk at 12th and Broadway.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – It’s been nearly a year since Anita Duvall was hit by a truck while crossing the street in the crosswalk at 12th and Broadway.
“I got a phone call from my mother’s job,” her son Damon Duvall said. “It’s lunch time, it's probably my mom calling to see what I'm doing, whatever.”
But the phone call he received on Dec. 11, 2014 was not from his mom. It was from his mother’s boss saying she had been hit by a cement truck.
“My mentality the whole time running down there, I literally ran down there, maybe a small truck or a work truck,” Duvall said.
Anita Duvall was pinned under the tire of the truck.
“The entire lower portion of her body was crushed, pelvis, everything was crushed,” Duvall said. “Flesh was snatched, a lot of muscle damage.”
After eight surgeries and nine days, Anita Duvall died.
“The whole time I'm thinking she’s going to be fine,” Duvall said. “She’s going to be fine. Eight surgeries, nine days fought every single one of them.”
Witnesses said the truck that hit her was operated by Advance Ready-Mix Concrete. This was not the first time that a truck from that company has hit a pedestrian in Louisville. On June 12, 24-year-old Ryann Tewell, was hit and killed. It happened around 7:40 a.m. in the crosswalk on the Louisville side of the Clark Memorial Bridge at Second and Main.
Since then families of both victims have grieved together.
“We actually sat down for lunch once a couple months back and we cried together, we talked, we were angry together,” Duvall said.
Both families have also sued Advance Ready-Mix for damages from the accidents. The Tewell case has since been settled but Duvall’s case is still active.
“It's not a coincidence,” said Duvall’s attorney Martin Pohl. “There's two stories that we've heard in the news but I can tell you that there are a lot more people out there that have been affected by car wrecks with these trucks.”
Pohl said aside from medical bills, Duvall wants the company to reevaluate it’s safety procedures.
“Whether its sensors, more mirrors, just make these vehicles more safe," Pohl said. "Do what you have to do to make sure these things don't keep happening.”
Duvall says he still hasn’t heard from the company.
“That's my problem,” he said. “My mother has been gone almost a year and you still haven't said 'I'm sorry?' I have no respect for that.”
Calls to Advance Ready-Mix were not immediately returned.
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