Members of four Denton County families have filed a lawsuit against an oil and gas service company whose employee, driving an unregistered and unlicensed commercial truck, killed a 13-year-old in a July 17 crash on U.S. Highway 377 in western Grayson County. Three others, including two children, were seriously injured in the collision.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Sherman, claims that defendant Diamond Energy Services of Tulsa was negligent in allowing the company’s vehicle to be operated in violation of state and federal regulations.
The company’s 34-year-old driver was under the influence of alcohol and narcotics at the time of the mid-afternoon crash and remains in the Grayson County jail, according to the filing.
“This is a tragedy that could have been avoided if the company had acted responsibly and within the law,” said attorney Tom Carse of The Carse Law Firm in Dallas, who represents the families and individuals injured in the crash. “By allowing a vehicle in that condition on the road, and a driver in that condition behind the wheel, this company has shattered the lives of everyone involved.”
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