Family members of eight Utah State University students killed in a rollover accident, and two survivors, have filed a lawsuit in federal court against Daimler Chrysler and Cooper Tire & Rubber Company.
For those not familiar with this tragedy……
In September 2005, USU instructor Evan Parker was transporting 10 students home from a field trip when the left rear tire of the vehicle blew, causing the van to roll four times. All 11 men were ejected from the van. Parker and eight students were killed in the crash. The two other students were seriously injured.
The Utah Highway Patrol determined that none of the men were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the rollover — a controversial statement that some family members have disputed.
Also certain to be a point of contention is the speed of the van. The Utah Highway Patrol initially reported the van was traveling near 100 mph. However, a later state forensics report estimated the speed at around 75 mph.
Here is a 2005 news report of the crash.
Noticeably absent as a plaintiff in the case is Evan Parker’s estate (the driver of the vehicle).
The case has been assigned to Judge Tena Campbell. Brad H. Bearnson of Bearnson & Peck, Logan, Utah, represents the plaintiffs.