A wrongful-death lawsuit has been by the widow of a man killed in a June 30th night time wreck in Pulaski County, Mo. Stephen Hutinett, 52, was killed when his Ford F-150 pickup collided with a flatbed trailer being towed by a dump truck. The decedent’s wife, Sharon, was seriously injured in the crash. The wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Sharon Hutinett, alleges that the flatbed trailer broke away from the dump truck and crossed into the path of the Hutinetts’ pickup. The driver of the dump truck and the owner of the trailer were named as Defendants. The lawsuit alleges that:
• safety chains weren’t used to attach the trailer to the dump truck.
• the trailer’s rear wheels didn’t have working air brakes.
• there were no working lights on the trailer.
Stephen Hutinett, who worked as a machinist, is also survived by three daughters. As a former Eagle Scout, he stayed involved in Scouting as a volunteer. This was a tragic occurrence that could have been avoided if only the owner had properly maintained that trailer.
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