The mother of a South Carolina woman who was killed in February when a tractor-trailer rear-ended her car at a high speed has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, alleging the truck’s driver was negligent when he fell asleep at the wheel.
The deadly crash occurred in the early pre-dawn hours of Feb. 28 when 57-year-old Angela Gambrell of Greenwood, South Carolina, was stopped at a red light on her way to work, The Greenwood Index-Journal reported.
At the same time, a 2015 Freightliner tractor-trailer owned by Salem Leasing Corp. was traveling east on the 72 Bypass in Greenwood when it slammed into the back of Ms. Gambrell’s car at 60 mph. The collision occurred at 4:30 a.m. in a 40 mph zone, the Index-Journal reported, citing local police. Authorities pronounced Ms. Gambrell dead at the scene.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 29-year-old man from nearby Pelzer, told police that he had fallen asleep at the wheel before hitting Ms. Gambrell’s 2015 Nissan.
Ms. Gambrell’s mother, Gloria McGuire, filed the lawsuit in Greenwood County Court naming Salem Leasing Corp. as a defendant along with Logistics Management Services, which owned the cargo being hauled, and the tractor-trailer’s driver.
According to the Index-Journal, the lawsuit alleges that the fatigued truck driver could have stopped to rest but he negligently continued to drive. He was also speeding excessively, the lawsuit claims. The complaint also faults Salem Leasing and Logistics Management and questions what safeguards the companies implement to prevent fatigue-related crashes.
According to the lawsuit, Ms. McGuire has macular degeneration and is nearly blind. Ms. Gambrell convinced her mother to move to Greenwood County so she could take care of her a short time before the crash.