Family files lawsuit against Grover Beach man, trucking company
January 15, 2013
The family involved in a crash with a tractor-trailer truck that left their vehicle dangling off of a Highway 101 bridge last year has filed a lawsuit against the trucking company and the estate of the Grover Beach driver. [Noozhawk]
On Jan. 12, 2012, Charles Allison, 48, of Grover Beach rear ended the sedan driven by Kelli Groves, 36, of San Juan Capistrano. The mother and her daughters, Sage, 10, and Milo, 10-months-old, were traveling south on Highway 101 near Buellton.
Allison was killed after his tractor-trailer plunged off the road into a creek 100 feet below, where it burst into flames. Investigators later determined that Allison was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of his death.
First responders worked to free Groves and her children from the car, and she and her older daughter spent eight days at Cottage Hospital before being released.
The lawsuit asks for damages for personal injuries and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Arroyo Grande-based R & R Auto Wrecking Inc. as well as the estate of Charles Allison are listed as defendants on the case.
Michael Penn, Grove’s attorney, spoke with Noozhawk on Monday about the case.
“It’s unfortunate that [the lawsuit] has to go forward,” Michael Penn, Grove’s attorney told Noozhawk, but called it “inexcusable” that the trucking company would hire a person with a record like Allison’s. “The driver had a local criminal record of substance abuse going back two decades. It’s a very long rap sheet.
“For a trucking company to jeopardize public safety like that is inexcusable.”