Kansas sues victims, others for damages after fatal crash

Lawsuit seeks to fix damage to a barrier on I-435 when truck slammed into a minivan, killing two children and injuring two others. Parents of children among those named in suit.


State News

February 20, 2020 - 9:39 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two years after a crash left two sisters dead and three family members injured, the state of Kansas is suing the children’s parents and other parties for the cost of repairing a highway barrier damaged in the wreck.

The state filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to recover $116,832 to fix the barrier on Interstate 435 that was damaged Feb. 18, 2018, when a truck slammed into a minivan driven by Angelica Hernandez-Valentin. Her 1- and 7-year-old daughters died in the crash and she and two of her sons were seriously injured, according to court records.

The lawsuit names Hernandez-Valentin and the father of her children, Salomon Vazquez. It also names the truck driver, William Spring, of Corning, Iowa, and the owners of the truck and trailer, Brown Truck Leasing Corp. and Greenfield Logistics Inc.

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