Drone footage from the Butler County Sheriff??s Office shows fatal prom night car crash.
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In the lawsuit, Jackson’s parents allege the driver and her parents are “jointly and severally liable” for compensatory and punitive damages because her actions “constitute in whole or in part malicious, reckless, wanton and willful conduct and constituted a conscious disregard for the rights and safety of plaintiffs.”
The teen driver’s parents are named in the lawsuit because they “negligently entrusted” the vehicle to their daughter, according to court documents.
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The lawsuit mentions a previous traffic incident involving the young driver. The Journal-News previously reported the teen has a citation through juvenile court for operating a vehicle without a driver’s license.
The Jackson’s attorney, Rick Hyde, also included two insurance companies and “John Does 1-10” in the lawsuit. He told the Journal-News that with two other injured teens involved in the crash, he wanted to make sure he filed the lawsuit first and that it was all inclusive.
“It’s a thorough approach,” he said. “You just want to make sure everything is protected.”
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Attorneys for the teen driver and her parents did not return phone calls seeking comment, but both filed motions to have the case dismissed. Both also said punitive damages are inappropriate.
The teen’s criminal trial is set to start Dec. 3.