|By Sanford J. Schmidt, The Telegraph, Alton, Ill.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Besides Watts and Bledsoe, the suit also names
The suit filed in
Much information could have been obtained from a crash data record, the suit claims.
However, the insurance company has admitted to destroying the vehicle and disposing of it, the suit alleges.
The company had a duty to maintain the information and the automobile and its parts, because the insurer knew or should have known that they were material evidence in an accident that resulted in two deaths, the suit alleges.
At the same time, Watts, the driver of a pickup truck, was heading west on
Police said the driver of the pickup truck had been stopped in the westbound lanes to make a left turn across
The suit claims Watts stopped or nearly stopped at the break. The highway is four lanes with a 55 mph speed limit.
The suit claims Watts stopped in the left lane in a 55 mph zone, and failed to proceed to the stoplight less than a mile away, where a left turn could be made, among other allegations.
The suit claims Bledsoe failed to avoid Watts' vehicle, failed to change lanes, failed to reduce speed to avoid an accident, failed to drive in the right-hand lane, followed too closely and failed to maintain control of her vehicle.
The suit is asking for at least