A former Tennessee state representative is suing an Illinois trucking firm and others for injuries he suffered when a tractor-trailer crashed into his vehicle on I-81 in Kingsport, Tennessee last month.
Jason Mumpower, who currently serves as Tennessee Comptroller chief of staff, filed the lawsuit Dec. 4 with his wife in a Greeneville, Tennessee federal court. The Mumpowers allege that Illinois-based Sopranos Inc. and Gogu Trucking Express and driver Pavel Gheleniuc of Orlando, Florida, are liable for the accident that left Mr. Mumpower with multiple “extensive” injuries.
According to the Kingsport, Tennessee Times News, the lawsuit centers on a traffic accident that occurred Nov. 2. when Mr. Mumpower was driving home from Nashville. The lawsuit and various reports said that multiple crashes brought traffic to a stop on I-81 that day as Mr. Mumpower was driving in the affected area.
Mr. Mumpower slowed his vehicle in response to one of the accidents that day, involving an SUV that veered off the highway and struck a guardrail. Mr. Mumpower’s vehicle ultimately came to a stop in response to the accident, the Times News reported, citing the Kingsport Police Department.
Soon after Mr. Mumpower’s vehicle came to a stop, a tractor-trailer owned by Sopranos/Gogu and driven by Mr. Gheleniuc swerved left to avoid a collision and slammed into the back of Mr. Mumpower’s vehicle, pushing it forward and into the back of a U-Haul rental truck. Mr. Mumpower’s vehicle rolled over completely and came to a rest upright, the Times News reported.
The tractor-trailer continued forward and rolled over as well, with the tractor portion landing atop a Hyundai sedan and the trailer lying across traffic lanes, according to the police reports, the Times News said.
The Mumpowers’ complaint alleges that Mr. Gheleniuc was negligent for failing to maintain control of the tractor-trailer; failing to obey traffic-control devices, failing to keep a proper distance between vehicles, and failing to use due care. They seek $1.5 million in compensatory damages.