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3rd lawsuit filed in US 30 pileup

2 killed, 7 injured after semi rams a line of vehicles

Another wrongful-death lawsuit has been filed in connection with a January crash on U.S. 30 in New Haven.

Filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne against Kutzler Express and semi driver Scott A. Saunders, this lawsuit was brought by Mark Dealey, the surviving spouse of Sandra Dealey of Convoy, Ohio.

It’s the third lawsuit in connection with the deadly crash.

Sandra Dealey, 43, and Suzanne K. Stephenson, 65, of Monroeville, died from blunt-force trauma in the crash. The two women were in separate vehicles and wearing their seat belts when a semi driven by Saunders caused a six-vehicle wreck on U.S. 30 near Doyle Road.

According to police, about 10:45 a.m. on Jan. 8, Saunders failed to slow down at the intersection and rear-ended a line of vehicles beginning to move through the traffic light, which had just turned green.

Seven other people were injured in the crash.

One of the injured filed a suit last week in Allen Superior Court.

Marsha Sarrazin sued Saunders and Kutzler Express for damages and the costs of the lawsuit, according to court documents.

The Dealey lawsuit seeks funeral expenses, recovery of money she would have earned in her work, and compensation for her husband and their six children, according to court documents.

The family of Stephenson sued in federal court in February.

At the time of the first lawsuit, Kutzler Express officials said the company was saddened by the deaths and injuries suffered in the crash and was cooperating with investigators.

The crash remains under investigation, according to the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office.

rgreen@jg.net

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