A family is suing a truck driver and his company for a crash that killed a father and son in September of last year.
The accident involving truck driver Yorkwind Crawford happened on Interstate 80 near Lincoln, Nebraska. 41-year-old Mark Kaipust and 7-year-old Taylor Kaipust were killed in the incident. Initially, Crawford was charged with two counts of motor vehicle homicide-reckless/willful, but those charges were later amended to only motor vehicle homicide. Crawoford pleaded guilty to misdemeanor vehicle homicide in February, reported ABC 7 News.
The lawsuit against Crawford and the company he was working for, Critical Supply Solutions, Inc., seeks damages related to pain and suffering, funeral and burial costs, body transportation expenses, and other damages. No specific dollar amount is listed in the suit, but damages could exceed more than $75,000 based on other, similar suits.
The suit states that Crawford was acting on behalf of Critical Supply Solutions at the time of the wreck, and alleges that the company failed to properly train Crawford. The suit also alleges that Crawford himself was negligent by following too closely and failing to keep a proper lookout while speeding.
Regarding the wreck itself, Crawford says he looked in his mirror in the seconds before the crash, which caused him to crash into the pickup ahead of him. After the collision with the pickup, Crawford’s truck traveled another mile before coming to a stop. Court documents state that Crawford “showed no signs [sic] of slowing down,” and alleged that Crawford may have been distracted.
“Defendants’ conduct constituted a conscious disregard for the life and safety of Mark Kaipust, Jr. and Taylor Kaipust and for the lives and safety of the motoring public generally, and these defendants are therefore liable to Plaintiff for all damages incurred,” the lawsuit reads.