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$10M Lawsuit Filed against Truck Driver over Fatal Buckman Bridge Accident

A suit has recently been filed against a truck driver in connection with a fiery traffic crash took place on the Buckman Bridge. Four individuals were killed in the accident.

The suit was filed by Dexter Culclager Jr. whose wife and 3 stepchildren were killed in the crash. Culclager is suing the driver of the semi-truck that slammed into the SUV in which the plaintiff’s family was traveling. The crash occurred on 2nd March, 2015. The FL Highway Patrol has confirmed that the accident was caused by the negligence of Judson Humphries who was operating the truck involved in the crash.

Culclager is a Navy corpsman at the Jacksonville Naval Hospital. He is 26 years old. His wife, stepson Tre’Veion Woods-Franklin, stepson Tre’Quis Woods-Sims, and stepdaughter Tra’Desia Woods-Sims were killed in the crash. Tre’Veion, Tre’Quis, and Tra’Desia were 6, 18, and 17 years old respectively.

The suit cites sixteen different counts which caused the fatal crash. According to the plaintiff, Judson Humphries was not even qualified to operate a commercial truck. Dexter Culclager Jr. has named four more parties as defendants in this case: Hobit Express (that operated the semi-truck); Sunteck Transport Group (that shipped the goods in the semi-truck); North Florida Lubes; and General Motors (which sold and/or serviced the car involved in the accident).

According to the suit, Culclager’s Tahoe became disabled as the drivetrain on the SUV failed suddenly and unexpectedly nearly 5 minutes prior to the crash. The Highway Patrol has confirmed that the driveshaft of the Tahoe broke nearly 800 ft from the collision point.

Records indicate that the semi-truck’s driver was distracted before slamming into the car, causing the vehicle to burst into flames. The whole family inside the SUV was killed in the crash.

The plaintiff alleges that Sunteck Transport failed to make sure that its driver was properly qualified to operate a truck. The company allowed Humphries to operate the big rig without finishing background checks for ensuring that he was an eligible commercial driver, the lawsuit claims.

General Motors is accused of selling and servicing defective vehicles. The suit names N. Florida Lubes also as a defendant because the SUV involved in the crash had been serviced at its shop before the accident. Its mechanics should’ve seen that the drivetrain of the vehicle was in a dangerous condition, the lawsuit claims.

None of the defendants was willing to comment on the lawsuit. Dexter Culclager Jr. is seeking $10 million in damages.

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