Widow of AT&T worker killed by dump truck sues company

A man died after a dump truck tipped over crushing him on McKay Cove in the Sweetwater subdivision on Dec. 9, 2016. (KXAN Photo)
A man died after a dump truck tipped over crushing him on McKay Cove in the Sweetwater subdivision on Dec. 9, 2016. (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The widow of an AT&T technician killed earlier this month when an 18-wheel dump truck tipped over on him is now suing the truck company.

Sara Jur, on behalf of her juvenile son, is suing 2015 Construction, LLC and the driver of the dump truck for the Dec. 9 incident.

The truck was hauling sandy loam soil at the construction site on McKay Cove when — the lawsuit claims — the unsecured or unbalanced load caused the semi to tip over. The truck fell on top of David Jur, 46, resulting in his death. The man’s widow is claiming the death was the result of the driver’s negligence. The driver of the dump truck was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The incident happened in the Sweetwater subdivision of southwest Travis County, just south of State Highway 71, which still has many homes under construction.

The lawsuit accuses the company of keeping an improper lookout, improperly managing the weight of the load, not warning those in the vicinity and violating safety rules. The suit goes on to claim that 2015 Construction was negligent in the training of the driver and knew that the driver “was not capable or qualified to prudently operate the commercial vehicle.”

Sara Jur is seeking monetary relief over $1 million.

KXAN reported last week that 2015 Construction, out of Lockhart, Texas, has a history of safety violations. The company has been cited for 26 safety violations in three inspections since June, including the driver not having a proper license to operate the commercial vehicle in June and again in September, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

A man died after a dump truck tipped over crushing him on McKay Cove in the Sweetwater subdivision on Dec. 9, 2016. (ReportIt: Cory Armer)
A man died after a dump truck tipped over crushing him on McKay Cove in the Sweetwater subdivision on Dec. 9, 2016. (ReportIt: Cory Armer)