A woman who was struck by a U-Haul truck in a tailgating area at the Harvard-Yale football game in November has filed suit against the driver and U-Haul. It was alleged in the suit filed by the Plaintiff, Sarah Short, that the truck was being driven too fast at the New Haven site, was not under proper control, and was unsafe. The suit was filed in New Haven Superior Court. According to the police, Brendan Ross was driving the U-Haul truck, carrying beer kegs, through a popular tailgating area before the football game. Witnesses saw the U-Haul vehicle turn a corner, speed up and then hit three women, including 30-year-old Nancy Barry, who was killed.
Ms. Short suffered severe and deep bone bruising and a fracture, skin loss and other injuries. She had surgeries requiring skin grafts and other corrective measures. Ms. Short, a Yale student from New Haven, alleged that her injuries were caused by the negligence of Ross and the U-Haul Company of Connecticut. The driver, at the time of the accident, reportedly said that the vehicle had malfunctioned. As a result of the accident, Ms. Short seeks recovery for lost wages and time from school, past and future medical care and rehabilitation.
Since this incident, Yale has since tightened tailgating rules. It bans kegs at university athletic events and other functions and oversized vehicles, such as box trucks or large commercial vehicles, from university lots at athletic events unless driven by a preapproved authorized vendor. That was a good move on the school’s part.
Source: Claims Journal
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