Wrongful Death Trial Delves Into Details

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

Plaintiff's attorneys in a Robertson County wrongful death lawsuit were hoping to find the devil in the details Tuesday.

In trying to prove three construction companies contributed to the deaths of four people, they questioned several of the employees. According to Franklin Advocate Reporter Melissa Freeman, most of the questions centered around truck routes they were told to take while entering and exiting Highway 6.

Freeman said one of those witnesses, Curtis Ray Dickey, a water truck driver for T. J. Lambrecht Construction, testified he was called to bring water truck to put out the fire. When he arrived, he said he saw the gold Nissan crushed under the front of the blue dump truck and the three occupants inside.

Dickey said one seemed to be standing up in back with his upper torso thrown over the seat, the driver was pressed tight against the stirring wheel and the female passenger's body was pressed again the dashboard. Dickey testified he assumed all were dead, but later noticed Sarah Nichols start to move her head from side to side when firemen worked to extricate the three.

Dickey's testimony was challenged with attorneys asking how he could see Nichols head move while he was on the other side of the truck fighting the fire.

Testimony continues Wednesday.

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