Widow Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Wal-Martby Jana Ritter - Published: 2/23/2015
Bonnie Clark, the widow of retired law enforcement officer Wiley Clark, has filed a wrongful lawsuit against Wal-Mart, claiming that both Wal-Mart and Swift Transportation are responsible for her husband's death. In the suit filed last week, Clark’s lawyers say that the truck driver, who works for Swift Transportation, which is a trucking company that works with Wal-Mart, was not only fatigued but that the truck he was driving also had maintenance issues.
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Wiley Clark was a 72-year-old Hawthorne man and recently retired investigator with the Bradford County State Attorney's Office. Bonnie Clark says that she and her husband had just retired together and were starting a new chapter in their lives until he went out for breakfast one Sunday morning last June and never came home. A semi truck struck him head-on not far from his home. Wilbur Peterson had been driving an 18-wheeler driven and crossed a median, killing Wiley Clark and mangling his vehicle in the head-on collision.
“You can’t imagine what it’s like to have two policemen come to your door and tell you that your husband’s dead in a traffic accident and all of sudden you’re making funeral plans instead of travel plans,” says Bonnie Clark said. Bonnie Clark also says it was an accident that simply didn’t have to happen.
According to Clark family attorney, Steve Pajcic, Swift Transportation and Wal-Mart allowed Peterson to operate his rig while he was fatigued. “He had already driven that truck 65 hours in the preceding week and he had been asked to come in and drive for 12 straight nights,” Pajcic explains. He says that he has the driver logs to verify the fact that Peterson was being overworked.
Pajcic also says that Peterson's 18-wheeler was going 17 miles over the speed limit and that the tractor tires were worn down to 1/32nd of an inch, which is a violation of federal standards.
“It really comes down to the bottom line for them. The more you can get out of a driver, then the less you have to pay for the drive, the more profits they make, but we need to tell them with lawsuits like these that they have to pay for mistakes, too.” Pajcic says.
“It’s broken hearts and I don’t want to see other families suffer needlessly,” Bonnie Clark adds. “We need to send a message to these companies that these big trucks can’t be speeding through our little towns.”