Fatal Crash Involving Bread Truck Spurs Lawsuit

A family of an Ogden, Utah couple who were killed when a bread delivery truck crashed into their Jeep on Interstate 15 in 2010, filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Friday.  The lawsuit was filed against the bakery companies and the bread truck driver.

The children of  the deceased victims filed the lawsuit, and are asking for at least $300,000 from Bimbo Bakeries USA, Sara Lee Corporation, Metz Baking Company, as well as the driver of the truck, Thomas Garzand.

In May 2010, the couple was traveling in their Jeep Cherokee with their grown son and his two children, on I-15 near Pleasant Grove, Utah, when the Jeep “became disabled,” the lawsuit states. The driver veered to the outer right lanes of I-15, turned on the vehicle’s hazard lights and removed his children from the Jeep. The grandparents remained in the vehicle.

The driver then began directing and motioning the oncoming vehicles on the roadway to drive around the Jeep. At approximately 3:30 am, five minutes after the Jeep pulled over, the lawsuit states that a white Sara Lee bread truck drove through the area “at a high rate of speed, in excess of the legal speed limit, directly toward the disabled Jeep.”

The jeep driver attempted to flag down Garzand, but the bread truck crashed into the Jeep, which caused the Jeep to roll over several times, ejecting  the two grandparents who remained inside of it.

The lawsuit said that the couple suffered “multiple blunt force trauma injuries, which caused their tragic and untimely deaths.”

The couple’s son, along with their two grandchildren, witnessed them being thrown through the air, documents state, which caused great emotional distress.

The family is seeking at least $300,000 for wrongful death against the driver and negligence in various degrees from the companies listed in the lawsuit, as well as emotional distress, which were caused to the family.

The negligence of the driver of the bread truck was tragic enough, but to have this take place right in front of the children and grandchildren of the victims is surely enough to cause emotional pain and suffering. Those poor little children will have to deal with the image of seeing their grandparents fly in the air to their deaths.  Such a senseless, avoidable accident, is now the cause of the untimely death of two people. Is this justice?

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