An undisclosed settlement was reached late Monday in the fatal traffic deaths of three Louisville women on Oct. 31, 2002, according to Greg Allen, of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis and Miles. The trial had been set for Jan 5, 2004.
The accident occurred at 10 a.m. on Highway 10 near the Barbour/Pike County line when a cement truck collided with the victim’s Cadillac. Killed were Bobbie Price, 73, her mother Lillie Ruth Norton, 91, and Hope Dudley, 52, who were all wearing seat belts.
Ms. Dudley worked for the two elderly women and was taking them to the doctor’s office in Troy when the accident occurred.
The driver of the cement truck, Eddie Outlaw, 33, of Ariton, was not injured. He was wearing a seat belt.
The Cadillac was travelling west and the concrete truck, owned by Anderson Concrete Trucking of Tallahassee, FL., east when the head-on collision took place.
Allen said testimony showed that an 18-wheeler from Prichard Trucking Company caused the accident. The truck was traveling west and passed the concrete truck on a double yellow line. The concrete truck went out of control, went off the road, veered back and hit the Price car head-on.
State Trooper Henderson testified that the concrete truck had numerous safety violations and had not been properly inspected in accordance with Department of Transportation regulations.
He also said it had suspension problems which probably caused it to go out of control and said it shouldn’t have been on the road.
Allen said one of the good things that came out of the settlement is that the defendant will have to implement new safety procedures for their trucks and the driver of the Prichard truck will have to go through additional, intensive training.
Thomas Kelley, one of the local attorneys for the plaintiffs, stated that while no settlement will replace the families loss, it is their hope that as a result of these new safety procedures and driver training that the roads will be safer.
In addition to Kelly, who represented Price and Norton in the case, local attorney Shane Seaborn represented Ms. Dudley.
They were assisted by Jere Beasley, Greg Allen and Julie Beasley from the Beasley firm.