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Daughters sue over man’s wheelchair death

COLUMBIA (AP) — Two daughters of a Columbia man in a wheelchair who was struck and killed by a dump truck last year have sued the truck driver and the company for which he was working.

Jacquelyn Jackson and Iris Jackson are suing P&S Construction Co., and the truck driver, William Crutchfield, The State newspaper reported.

George Jackson, 67, was in a motorized wheelchair and was struck and killed as he crossed a street in Columbia on June 25, 2012. The daughters say their father had the right of way when he crossed the street.

Attorneys for Crutchfield and the construction company say Jackson was negligent in crossing the street at that time. They also say the death was an unavoidable accident.

The attorneys involved in the case would not comment.

A criminal charge against Crutchfield has been dismissed by Columbia Magistrate Steedly Bogan.

Columbia police had filed a charge of reckless homicide against Crutchfield after the death. The warrant accused him of failing to yield to Jackson.

Bogan dismissed the charge last Dec. 7 citing “insufficient probable cause.”


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