Woman found negligent in fatal Rocky Mount fire truck crash
Updated On: Sep 26 2013 08:55:34 AM EDT
A Franklin County jury has found a woman negligent in a wreck that killed two Rocky Mount volunteer firefighters.
Media outlets report that the circuit court jury determined Wednesday that Teri Anne Valentine's negligence led to the death of firefighter William "Danny" Altice. Jurors awarded about $9,900 to Altice's family for funeral and burial expenses.
Valentine was driving a sport utility vehicle that collided with a fire truck in July 2010 as Altice and Rocky Mount Fire Chief Posey Dillon were responding to a call. Dillon also was killed in the wreck.
Altice's daughter, Christie Altice-Weaver, sued both Valentine and the estate of Dillon, who was driving the fire truck. The jury cleared Dillon of any negligence.
A lawsuit stemming from a wreck that killed two Rocky Mount volunteer firefighters has gone to trial.
Christie Altice-Weaver filed the lawsuit against Teri Anne Valentine and the estate of Rocky Mount Fire Chief Posey Dillon.
Dillon and Altice-Weaver's father, William "Danny" Altice, were killed in July 2010 as they were responding to a call. State police have said their fire truck was hit by an SUV driven by Valentine.
The lawsuit alleges that Valentine and Dillon were negligent. Dillon was driving the fire truck when the wreck occurred.
The Roanoke Times reports that the trial began Monday in Franklin County Circuit Court.
The lawsuit seeks $2 million in damages.
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