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Postby Lofunzo » Fri May 25, 2007 10:36 am

If your child was killed in this situation would you not do everything you could to place fault on and be compensated by the sources you felt were ethically responsible?


If it was days after the accident, maybe. He could have still been in a state of shock at that point. He has had almost a month to digest the facts here and is bringing this bogus case on. Ethically responsible?? Please. If that's what he was after, why is he suing the guy who had his car stall??
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Postby Yoda » Fri May 25, 2007 10:46 am

Lofunzo wrote:
If your child was killed in this situation would you not do everything you could to place fault on and be compensated by the sources you felt were ethically responsible?


If it was days after the accident, maybe. He could have still been in a state of shock at that point. He has had almost a month to digest the facts here and is bringing this bogus case on. Ethically responsible?? Please. If that's what he was after, why is he suing the guy who had his car stall??


He is obviously a scummy human being.
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Postby hot4tx » Fri May 25, 2007 12:29 pm

I hope the tow truck driver counter sues the dad for using his sperm indirectly to crash into his tow truck. Would serve Mr. Jerkoff right.
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Re: Josh Hancock

Postby JTWood » Fri Jun 22, 2007 5:35 pm

Don't if this made the national media (doubt it), but the tow truck driver is fighting back and filing a countersuit giving the Hancock family 21 days (from earlier this week) to withdraw their suit against him. Otherwise, he will file a suit stating that the Hancock suit is frivolous.

It has begun.

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A lawyer representing the tow truck driver involved in the fatal crash of Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock is giving Hancock's family 21 days to drop its wrongful death lawsuit.

If the family doesn't drop the suit, attorney Robert Pedroli said Wednesday he will countersue and seek punitive damages from Hancock's estate.

"They're ignoring all the facts and proceeding with a frivolous lawsuit," he said, adding that he's not looking to punish Hancock's family.

Keith Kantack, a lawyer for Dean Hancock, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Hancock was killed April 29 after his sport utility vehicle plowed into the back of a tow truck while it was stopped behind a stalled-out vehicle on Interstate 64 in St. Louis.

Authorities said the 29-year-old pitcher had nearly twice the legal limit for alcohol in his system when he crashed into the back of the tow truck. He also was speeding, using a cell phone and wasn't wearing a seat belt, authorities said.

Hancock's father, Dean Hancock, of Tupelo, Miss., filed a lawsuit in May claiming negligence contributed to Hancock's death.

Named in the suit were Mike Shannon's Restaurant, where Josh Hancock drank before getting on the highway; Shannon's daughter, Patricia Shannon Van Matre, the restaurant manager; Eddie's Towing; tow truck driver Jacob Hargrove; and Justin Tolar, the driver whose stalled car on Interstate 64 was being assisted by Hargrove.

Pedroli said the evidence shows that the crash was caused by a variety of factors -- Josh Hancock's blood-alcohol level, his cell phone use, and lack of significant braking.

He said there is no evidence that his client, Hargrove, contributed to dangerous road conditions. In fact, he made them safer by coming behind an unlit, stranded vehicle that had hit the median, he said.

Pedroli said Hargrove turned on his truck's lights, called 911 and reported the accident location.

Hargrove was sitting inside the tow truck when the accident occurred. Pedroli said his client was "banged around pretty good" and suffered emotional scars.

"It's a frivolous lawsuit in our opinion," he said.

The demand includes dropping both the tow truck driver and the towing company from the suit.

"We're taking the high road here," Pedroli said. "This lawsuit is against all good reason and common sense, and it's receiving the wrath of the nation."

Hargrove was served with that lawsuit Tuesday, prompting Wednesday's call for the Hancock family to drop it.

The lawsuit accuses Hargrove of "negligently parking his vehicle in the left lane of Interstate 64 and blocking oncoming traffic and failing to adequately warn approaching motorists."
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Re: Josh Hancock

Postby JTWood » Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:23 pm

And it's over. :-°
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Re: Josh Hancock

Postby slomo007 » Tue Jul 31, 2007 8:55 am

Thanks for the updates JT. They finally came to their senses it appears.
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Re: Josh Hancock

Postby StlSluggers » Tue Jul 31, 2007 10:01 am

slomo007 wrote:Thanks for the updates JT. They finally came to their senses it appears.

They still threw a snipe in about others being at fault:

Information from the intense news coverage of Josh's tragic death, facts about the accident and varying public statements from witnesses indicated that certain individuals and entities shared some degree of comparative negligence in the cause of Josh's death.

And then they acted magnanimous about dropping the suit:

Considering all factual issues, combined with the prolonged legal battles which we would have to fight if this lawsuit were to continue, I have instructed that the defendants be dismissed from the lawsuit.

So the guy's still a butthead, but at least there's no stupid suit hanging around.
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