Fatal Crash Prompts Lawsuits

Fatal Crash Prompts Lawsuits

The families of passengers who were seriously injured or killed when a pickup truck flew off a cliff onto a beach have filed personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against the family of the driver.

The wrongful death lawsuit was filed on the behalf of Tom Field, whose son Ryan, 17, died in the accident. The personal injury suit was filed on the behalf of Deborah Cowsill and her 17-year-old son Collin, who suffered a broken vertebra.

The suits names Elizabeth Robbins, mother of the pickup driver Alexander Robbins, as the defendant. Alexander died in the accident.

Two other boys were also involved in the accident: Dane Anderson, 17, and Kenny Schneider, 15, but it is unknown whether they are seeking legal action.

Collecting from the Insurance Company

Andrew Swartz, the attorney for the victims’ families, emphasized that the suit seeks no damages beyond what the Robbins’ insurance will cover.

“This is a terrible tragedy for all of the families involved, and the community beyond, especially the Carmel High School community,” said Swartz. “It’s our hope to fairly resolve this matter with State Farm Insurance and avoid causing any additional hardship or pain to anybody.”

The Accident

The suit states that the group of five friends was returning from a surfing trip when Robbins, who was exceeding the speed limit by a wide margin, lost control of the accident and went off the edge of a cliff. Robbins had a provisional license at the time prohibiting him from driving with anyone under 20 in the car.

According to the report, all of the boys had smoked marijuana several hours before the accident, and some of them had been drinking whiskey. The CHP report said that Robbins was not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident, however. The CHP determined the cause of the accident to be speeding.

Robbins entered a turn with a posted recommended speed of 30 mph at about 70 mph, causing him to lose control of the pickup and fall off the cliff onto the beach. All of the passengers made it out of the vehicle except for Robbins, who could not be pulled out before the tide came in. He drowned.

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