A settlement has been reached in a wrongful demise lawsuit versus the owner of a Jeep Wrangler whose motor vehicle currently being controlled by a technician in the service heart of a Rochester Hills dealership struck and killed an additional mechanic, the attorney for the family members of the deceased confirmed Friday.
Phrases of the agreement in the civil case are not being disclosed, said David Femminineo, the lawyer for the estate of Jeffrey Hawkins, a Richmond man who died at the age of 42 in March 2020.
Femminineo declined to examine the circumstance more. A judge had issued a gag purchase on the situation final month, protecting against it from becoming reviewed publicly.
The lawsuit was filed in March 2021 right after a Shelby Township male on March 13, 2020, took his guide-transmission 2019 Jeep Wrangler to the Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram dealership in Rochester Hills. Although performing on the car in the services heart, mechanic Daniel Thompson lifted his foot off the clutch, according to the accommodate. The car lurched forward and hit Hawkins, who died within an hour from accidents.
Femminineo previous thirty day period told Automotive News, which very first noted about the settlement, that the Jeep owner was a defendant for carelessness as an alternative of the dealership because Michigan law helps prevent staff members from suing businesses for injuries that take place at the office. A March order demands the dealership to compensate the auto proprietor if he is located liable for carelessness.
Thompson was also a defendant in the lawsuit. Femminineo informed Automotive Information that Thompson was 19, didn’t have a driver’s license and didn’t know how to push a adhere change.
A message was still left on Friday afternoon with the dealership. Makes an attempt to reach the Jeep proprietor on Friday had been unsuccessful.
The case experienced been set to go to demo very last 7 days. Its docket remains open up, nevertheless there is a listening to scheduled at the conclusion of the month. Femminineo expects the case to be dismissed afterwards this month.
Staff members Writer Mike Martindale contributed.