Parents sue Kansas City fire department after fatal crash
KANSAS CITY, Mo . (AP) — The parents of one of three people killed in a crash with a Kansas City firetruck are suing the city, the fire department and the firetruck’s driver.
Michael Elwood, 25, was one of three people who died in the Dec. 15 crash in the Westport entertainment district.
The truck, with lights and sirens on, collided with a Honda SRV and the vehicles then hit a pedestrian before slamming into a building, police said.
Elwood’s parents, Russell and Barbara Elwood, submitted the wrongful death lawsuit for filing Wednesday, The Kansas City Star reported.
Jennifer San Nicolas, 41, and Elwood, who were in the Honda, were killed, as was the pedestrian, Tami Knight, 41. All were from Kansas City.
The building the pumper struck houses office spaces but it was unoccupied at the time. No firefighters were injured.
In their lawsuit, Elwood’s parents contend the firetruck’s driver was negligent, not properly trained and too inexperienced to safely operate the truck.
A spokesman for the fire department said he could not comment on the pending litigation.
Kansas City police have not yet released its findings from the crash investigation.