Chattanooga, TN – A 2nd victim is suing Benjamin Brewer, the semi-truck driver involved in the crash in which the truck plowed through seven other vehicles and took the lives of six individuals on Interstate highway 75 (I-75) in June. Brewer is 39 years old.
Justin Knox, one of the crash victims, has filed a lawsuit against Brewer as well as his employers Cretty Sizemore and Billy R Sizemore, the owners of London (KY)-based Cool Runnings Express Incorporated. Nomiki Knox, the wife of Justin Knox, also is a plaintiff in this case.
The suit states that Justin Knox deserves compensatory damages as well as punitive damages for the grossly negligent and reckless actions of the defendants. Knox is seeking compensatory damages of $2,500,000 and punitive damages of $10,000,000.
According to the suit, Justin incurred significant medical costs, loss of (past, present, and future) earning capacity, emotional anguish, and severe, permanent and painful injuries.
A grand jury in Hamilton County indicted Brewer recently on 6 counts of vehicular homicide, 4 counts of reckless aggravated assault, speeding, making incorrect reports regarding the duty status, and driving under the influence of drugs.
A warrant was issued by Chattanooga police for the arrest of Brewer.
Brewer, a London (KY) resident, was on his duty for nearly 50 successive hours during the 1st 3-day leg of the journey, the preliminary report published recently by the United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says.
After spending twelve hours off-duty, Brewer clocked in back and spent 15 hours more at the wheel prior to the crash occurred in Chattanooga on 25th June, the report says.
Cleveland (TN) resident Ryan Humphries had filed a suit previously against Brewer and his employers. That suit was demanding $10 million in damages. According to this lawsuit, Brewer operated the truck with negligent as well as reckless disregard for the safety of others. Humphries says Brewer was speeding and failed to keep the truck under proper control. Brewer is accused of reckless driving, in addition to other violations. The suit also blames Cool Runnings Express for allegedly failing to exercise ordinary or reasonable care in the company’s decision to hire a reckless driver such as Benjamin Brewer. Additionally, the suit says Cool Runnings Express negligently failed to supervise Brewer. Humphries also alleges that the company failed to maintain its semi-truck properly in accordance with the United States Government as well as the Tennessee state.