Vanessa and Josh Ellis, of Bonney Lake, and their 8-month old baby son were killed Monday night when a slab of concrete fell from a Highway 410 overpass and struck their motor vehicle crushing it.
Construction workers were working to install a sidewalk when the accident occurred.
The Ellis’ were traveling on Angeline Street under the 410 in their Toyota pickup truck.
This tragic accident stunned the neighbors and friends of the young couple who said that anyone of them could have been killed as this was a road that they all traveled.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing. One question that must be answered is why there were not flaggers or traffic diversion measures taken during the work on the overpass.
In all likelihood, there may be a case of negligence in the death of this young couple and their baby. The family of the deceased may be able to file a wrongful death claim on the couple’s behalf. The law requires that a contractor exercise what is known as “reasonable care” to foresee that people might be injured during the work. In addition, the entities that hired the contractor may also be held responsible for the negligence of the contractor.
Road construction contractors have a legal duty to safeguard the public and make driving safe while construction is ongoing. Failure to do so may be a breach of contract. In this case, it seems apparent that the contractors failed to warn motorists of hazards.
In bringing a wrongful death claim, there is a statute of limitation in Washington and an attorney should be consulted so that a right to claim is protected.
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