Trucker's Estate Sues Oklahoma Highway Patrol


Wednesday, December 5th 2007, 7:42 am
By: News On 6


CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) _ The estate of an Ohio truck driver killed in a crash with an Oklahoma state trooper last year is now suing the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The wrongful death lawsuit says Trooper William McClendon was negligent and caused the October 2006 crash that killed both him and Hussein Osman of Columbus, Ohio.

The crash occurred as McClendon was making a U-turn through the median on Interstate 44 near Claremore, Oklahoma.

An investigation found Osman was driving his semi 15 miles per hour faster than the posted speed limit and failed to yield to an emergency vehicle.

But authorities have said the trooper's U-turn likely initiated the collision.

The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $10,000.

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