Plaintiff injured by fallen utility pole files suit against truck driver, companies for negligence

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 7, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – A man who suffered severe personal injuries from a fallen utility pole which crashed through his residence two years ago, has filed a lawsuit against the parties he believes are responsible for causing the accident.

John Peck of Honey Brook filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on June 19 versus James Pesta of Lebanon, R&L Transfer, Inc. of Alexandria, Ind., R&L Carriers of Wilmington, Ohio, plus PPL Electric Utilities and PPL Corporation, both of Allentown.

On or about June 29, 2015, Peck was inside his residence in Honey Brook, while Pesta was operating a tractor-trailer owned by the R&L defendants and traveling eastbound directly outside of the plaintiff’s residence. However, Pesta allegedly failed to notice low-hanging overhead power lines and his vehicle struck those power lines.

The resulting impact from the collision of the tractor-trailer and overhead utility lines caused a nearby utility pole to break and fall, which then fell through Peck’s residence. The accident caused Peck to suffer injuries to his right arm and shoulder, which required surgery.

“This incident was caused by the negligence, carelessness and recklessness of defendants James Pesta, R&L Transfer, Inc., R&L Carriers, PPL Electric Utilities and PPL Corporation,” the lawsuit reads.

For multiple counts of negligence and negligent entrustment levied against the defendants, the plaintiff is seeking damages, individually, jointly and severally, in excess of $50,000, plus interest, costs, fees and any other further relief the Court may deem just and proper in this matter.

The plaintiff is represented by Ammar S. Wasfi of The Killino Firm, in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 170601966

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