A Raytown, Mo., man has filed suit in Douglas County District Court seeking damages for a 1990 traffic accident on Kansas Highway 10 that killed his wife.
In his lawsuit, Larry Benson alleges that David Garrett, North Kansas City, Mo., was driving negligently about 5:30 p.m. Feb. 3, 1990, when the accident occurred on K-10 east of Lawrence. The suit said Garrett failed to take proper action and lost control of his vehicle on an icy highway bridge. According to the suit, Benson's wife, Theresa, swerved to miss Garrett's vehicle, "was forced to leave the highway into oncoming traffic," was struck by another vehicle, and died as a result of injuries suffered in the collision.
The suit named six other defendants.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the Benson's car, Cornelius J. High, is named in the suit, which contends that High was negligent in operating a Brandon Woods Retirement Community bus. Brandon Woods also was named in the suit.
The Kansas Department of Transportation and the Douglas County Commission were named in the suit. The suit charges that the governmental bodies failed to properly maintain the road and warn of hazards, among other charges.
The suit also names the World Co., Garrett's employer on the date of the accident.
The last defendant named is Joby Jobson, Overland Park. Benson alleges Jobson was negligent in losing control of his vehicle on the K-10 bridge and created a hazardous condition on the highway shortly before the accident.
The suit asks for more than $50,000 in damages from each defendant for Benson and for his wife's estate, for a total of more than $700,000 in damages.