Family files suit against U.S. Crane and Rigging, driver over U.S. 460 collision

By Carrie Bradon | May 9, 2019

PRINCETON – A Princeton family has filed suit against a Virginia man and his employer over a collision on U.S. 460 near Oakvale.

Natalie Keaton, individually and as natural guardian of minor Jason Thurman Keaton, and Larry Jason Keaton filed a complaint in Mercer Circuit Court against U.S. Crane and Rigging Inc. and James Brewer alleging negligence.

The suit states on April 7, 2017, Larry Keaton was driving on U.S. 460 near Oakvale at a safe speed with Jason Keaton as a front-seat passenger. The suit states that Brewer, an employee of U.S. Crane and Rigging, had negligently stopped his tractor-trailer on the right-hand shoulder of the road. 

The suit states Brewer negligently steered the tractor-trailer left in an attempt to merge onto U.S. Route 46 and failed to yield, pulling into the path of the plaintiffs' vehicle and causing an instantaneous collision.

The plaintiffs allege Brewer failed to properly and safely change lanes and failed to keep a proper lookout.

The plaintiffs are seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. They are represented by Eric J. Buckner of Katz, Kantor, Stonestreet & Buckner PLLC in Princeton and by Scott S. Blass of Bordas and Bordas in Wheeling.

The case has been assigned to Judge William Sadler.

Mercer Circuit Court case number 19-C-80

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