12:10 am - 08/09/2012

Parents of passenger who died in car crash with Ryan Dunn suing his estate

The parents of the passenger who was also killed in Ryan Dunn's fatal 2011 high speed car crash are suing the "Jackass" star's estate ... claiming Dunn was extremely drunk when he wrecked his Porsche and is responsible for killing their son.

TMZ broke the story ... Dunn had been drinking HEAVILY before he crashed his Porsche into a tree at 132 mph in Pennsylvania in June 2011 ... killing himself and his passenger Zachary Hartwell.

Now, Hartwell's parents have filed a lawsuit against Dunn's estate AND the bar where Dunn had been drinking before the crash ... claiming Barnaby's West Chester was negligent in serving Dunn after he was obviously hammered.

The Hartwells also claim Dunn was reckless and negligent by operating his vehicle while under the influence of alcohol ... and should not have been driving at extremely dangerous speeds.

Zach's parents are suing for unspecified damages ... claiming they've lost the services, guidance, and comfort of their son. And they want Dunn's estate to cover expenses associated with Zach's death ... including funeral costs.

Zach's parents are also suing on behalf of their son's estate ... claiming Dunn and the bar should pay for the "pre-impact fright, fear, pain and suffering" that Zach experienced before he died.

Zach's parents also want both parties to pay for the wages Zach would have earned during his lifetime.

Source: TMZ
ii_hanashi 8th-Aug-2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
Sadly, we can't file legal papers that say "I can't say I'm suing someone because it's the next best things to stabbing them in the heart and twisting the knife."

IANAL, but when a drunk driver hit my sister, and she later sued, her lawyers used similar language. She survived, thankfully, but when she read the lawsuit, it was so upsetting to her to see all of her suffering put in clinical terms. I mean, how do you quantify being confined to a wheelchair for a year? Or never being able to run with your daughter?
liberty 8th-Aug-2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
nothing but facts in this comment

I hate articles like the one this post is about, because it always seems to paint people like the passenger's parents as the villains, out to profit off their son's death. I'm sure they wish their son was alive and that they didn't have to do this.
secretchord 9th-Aug-2012 03:13 am (UTC)
I was thinking at first, too, that the language sounded so cold and greedy...but then it's like, well how else are they going to define the suffering? You can't exactly sue somebody for ruining your life, but you CAN sue for 'emotional damages', 'lost wages', etc.

Strange how our miseries look when put in legal terms.
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