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Government blamed for death in van crash

By Louie Torres | Sep 2, 2016

HARRISBURG — The estate of a man is suing the United States of America, alleging negligence and insufficient measures taken to prevent injuries.

Donna Hurlbut, executrix of the estate of Leonard Valitski, filed a complaint on Aug. 31 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania against the United States of America, alleging that a driver of a government-owned van failed to control the vehicle, causing it to be involved in a crash.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Nov. 7, 2014, Valitski sustained fatal physical injuries when the van he was riding in violently collided with a trailer. The plaintiff holds the United States of America responsible because the defendant's driver allegedly failed to stop the vehicle when a traffic light was red.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against the defendant in an amount in excess of $75,000 plus interest, court costs and any further relief the court grants. She is represented by Michael A. Dempsey of Lenahan & Dempsey, P.C. in Scranton.

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Case number 3:16-cv-01805-MEM

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