The family of a man killed in a flash fire at a car dealership has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, seeking justice for the loss of their loved one.
According to The Mountain Eagle, on June 12, three workers were killed, one seriously injured, and another mildly injured as a result of a flash fire at Carl Cannon Chevrolet Buick GMC in Jasper, Alabama.
Jake Jennings of Locust Fork was severely burned while working in the oil change pit of the dealership’s service department. At the age of 39, Jennings passed away the next day at UAB Hospital in Birmingham.
The mother of his two children, Andrea Downing, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the car dealership and other suppliers involved, seeking worker’s compensation for their children, Addie and Colton Jennings.
The other injured workers are Javan Robinson, Zack Davis, and Jonah Johnson, all 20 years of age. All three were rushed to UAB hospital by ambulance. Robinson struggled to survive for 10 days before passing away at UAB Hospital. Davis fought for his life until July 2, then died of his injuries. Jonah Johnson, who was in critical condition, has been treated at UAB as well.
The fifth worker, Shelton Allen, 21, was taken to Walker Baptist Medical Center by ambulance with mild injuries when he experienced difficulty breathing.
“Mr. Jennings was performing his duties for the Defendants and, in performance of said duties, was caused to suffer injuries and subsequent death when a flammable substance ignited nearby, causing a flash fire to erupt,” the lawsuit states. “[Jennings was] operating the unilube system and oil change center, as required by his employment, in a reasonable and prudent manner.”
The nine-page lawsuit blames Unilube Systems, Hessaire Products, Inc., Flynn Distribution Co., Inc., and Wurth USA, Inc. for Jennings’ death. Downing is filing through the Workmen’s Compensation Act of Alabama to seek payment entitled to her, including “future lost wages and death benefits.”
The lawsuit claims the companies “knew, or in the exercise of reasonable care should have known, that said products and their attendant equipment were unreasonably dangerous to the human body when being so used in a foreseeable manner.”