Truck Accident Attorney Gets Settlement for Family After Woman Killed by Fire Truck
By Dean I. Weitzman, Esq. on November 27th, 2018
The family of an 86-year-old Ohio woman who was killed when her car collided with a fire truck in Columbus, Ohio, in 2013 has reached a $410,000 wrongful death settlement with the city of Columbus.
The victim, Elvyra T. Glenn, 86, died a week after her car and a Columbus Division of Fire truck collided at Brice and Refugee roads on Nov. 12, 2013, according to a story by The Columbus Dispatch.
The victim’s son, William R. Glenn, hired a car crash attorney and filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Columbus after his mother’s death. Initially, the 10th District Court of Appeals in Ohio ruled that Columbus had immunity in the lawsuit, but that the protection “did not fully extend to Paul Sheridan, the firefighter who was driving the truck,” the story reported.
“The lawsuit alleges that the truck entered the Brice and Refugee intersection without using sirens or lights,” according to the story. “The fire truck was traveling west on Refugee Road, while Glenn was driving her vehicle south on Brice Road.”
Sheridan, the fire truck driver, was working out of Station 32 on Gender Road when he was dispatched to an incident on Sedalia Drive.
“He swore in an affidavit that he activated an electronic siren before leaving the station but did not activate a mechanical siren during the response,” the story reported. Sheridan said that “traffic was heavy as he approached the intersection and that he pulled an air horn in short bursts to warn drivers of the engine’s approach. The light at the intersection was red, but Sheridan believed he had clearance to make it through unimpeded.”
Sheridan did not stop his fire truck and the truck then collided with Glenn’s car at about 35 mph, according to the report. The rules for the city’s fire department say that vehicles must stop at red lights and only proceed when it can be done safely.
In a written statement to the court, Sheridan later said he should have done something differently to avoid the crash.
“With the benefit of hindsight, I feel that I did not enter the intersection safely because an accident occurred,” he wrote to the court. “With the benefit of hindsight, I also feel that if I had come to a complete stop at the intersection, the accident would not have occurred.”
Sheridan has since retired from the fire department.
The settlement with the family was approved by the Columbus City Council in early November.
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