Design of wheelchair docking system in car blamed for fatal crash

By Beth Henry-Vance | Oct 3, 2013

WINFIELD - A widow claims a West Virginia corporation and other companies are responsible for defects in a vehicle that led to her husband's fatal injuries.

Jennifer L. Robinson, administratrix of the estate of Darrell Wesley Robinson, filed a lawsuit Sept. 12 in the Circuit Court of Putnam County against Van Lifts Unlimited Inc., EZ Lock Inc. and Manufacturing and Production Services Corp., citing negligence and wrongful death.

The plaintiff claims the defendants failed to properly design, manufacture, install and inspect the wheelchair docking system that was used by Darrell Robinson in a customized 2006 Chrysler Town & Country minivan.

The system was defective and failed to properly protect Darrell Robinson's safety when he was involved in a head-on collision on Oct. 2, 2012, leading to his death on Oct. 16, 2012, according to the brief.

The plaintiff is suing for an undetermined amount of relief.

The plaintiff is being represented by Charleston attorney Christopher L. Brinkley of the Masters Law Firm.

Circuit Court of Putnam County Case No: 13-C-298.

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