Widow of man killed in accident sues trucker

January 19, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The widow of a White Marsh man killed in 1998 when his van collided with a truck along U.S. 40 filed a $10 million lawsuit yesterday, alleging that the accident could have been prevented if the truck driver or the company employing him had put reflective tape on the truck.

Elizabeth G. Ashley, widow of Robert E. Ashley, accused Norris L. Dishon Sr. of Edgewood and Leo J. Umerley Inc., a White Marsh trucking company, of being negligent in failing to place tape on the back of the tractor-trailer Dishon was driving. The lawsuit, filed in Baltimore County Circuit Court, names Dishon and the company as defendants.

Robert Ashley, 72, was killed when his 1988 Dodge Ram van collided with the truck on U.S. 40 in Joppa.

Dishon and Umerley did not return phone calls.

Jay D. Miller, Ashley's lawyer, said federal officials require reflective tape on tractor-trailers manufactured after 1993, and "strongly" recommend it on older trucks. The Umerley truck was more than 10 years old, the lawsuit said.

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