Victim, parents, truck driver all sue over 2014 car crash

The aftermath of a deadly car crash that took place two summers ago continues in court.

The aftermath of a deadly car crash that took place two summers ago continues in court.

The August 2014 crash killed two people and severely injured a third person.

The driver at fault, who was a minor at the time, was found guilty of dangerous driving causing death and bodily harm last December.

She was sentenced to two years probation, 240 hours of community service, and a three-year driving ban.

She can’t be identified because of her age.

The crash happened around 3 a.m. The driver, who was 15 at the time, was headed northbound on the Alaska Highway when she turned for an unknown reason in front of a trailer truck at the South Access road intersection.

She didn’t have her turn signal on, and the truck driver had no time to stop, court heard last December.

Brendan Kinney, 20, died instantly.

A 15-year-old girl later died in hospital.

The third passenger, 18-year-old Derrick Gibbons, was severely injured and medevaced to Vancouver.

In July 2015, the parents of the 15-year-old girl filed a civil suit against the driver of the car, the driver of the truck, William Petrie, and the owner of the car, Linda Powers, who is Kinney’s mother.

But now everybody involved in the crash, except for the young driver, has filed legal actions.

On July 25, Gibbons filed a lawsuit against the driver, Powers, Petrie and the company that owned Petrie’s truck.

The next day Petrie filed his own action against the driver, Powers, and Kinney.

On Aug. 1 Powers joined in, suing the driver, Petrie and the company that owned Petrie’s truck.

The parents of the deceased teenager, Petrie, and Gibbons claim in their respective actions that Powers is partly responsible for the crash because as the owner of the car, she consented to her son using it and letting other people use it.

Powers, Gibbons, and the parents of the deceased teenager claim the truck driver was also at fault, alleging he failed to keep a proper lookout or to see the oncoming car at a reasonable time, among other reasons cited.

The driver of the car had her learner’s permit for only a few months when the crash happened, according to evidence heard in court last December.

Conditions attached to that permit mean she wasn’t supposed to be driving at that time.

The driver walked away from the crash scene.

At the hospital she told a nurse she had smoked marijuana and had drunk five shots of vodka before driving, according to evidence presented in court.

Testing done at the scene of the crash revealed a blood-alcohol level of 0.03.

Further testing at the hospital around 6 a.m. showed it was less than 0.01.

People with learner’s permits can’t have any quantity of alcohol in their blood when driving.

In his lawsuit, Gibbons details a long list of injuries he said he suffered as a result of the crash, including a brain injury and a lacerated liver.

Petrie claims some physical injuries and psychological harm as a result of the lawsuit.

Powers and the parents of the deceased teenager claim in their respective lawsuits that the crash resulted in a loss of guidance and companionship from their children, and a loss of support and household assistance.

No date has been set for a trial.

With files from Ashley Joannou

Contact Pierre Chauvin at pierre.chauvin@yukon-news.com

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