AUSTIN (KXAN) — On July 24, two women and a baby died when the vehicle they were in was hit from behind by an 18-wheeler on IH-35 near Rutherford Lane. The victims’ surviving family members are now suing the company and the driver in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Salomon Fuentes Cruz’s wife, Telesfora Moran Fuentes, 46; daughter, Yesenia Nayeli Resendiz, 23; and granddaughter Camilia Fuentes, 11 months, died in the crash. Cruz was driving northbound on I-35 when one of his truck’s tires failed, according to the lawsuit. The suit contents the driver of the 18-wheeler, Debra Thompson, “suddenly and unexpectedly,” slammed into Cruz’s truck causing the truck to spin out of control.
The lawsuit says Thompson was an employee for Werner Enterprises and was working at the time of the crash. The lawsuit claims Thompson was negligent by failing to operate her tractor trailer in a “reasonable and prudent manner” and failing to “take proper evasive action” among other things. The claims against Werner Enterprises say the company failed to properly train its drivers.
The plaintiffs are seeking monetary relief more than $1 million.