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Estate of man struck, killed by Graham Trucking employee sues company, employee driver

State Court

By Marian Johns | Nov 12, 2019

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PRINCETON – The brother of a Mercer County pedestrian who was hit and killed by a Graham Trucking dump truck driver has filed a wrongful death suit.

Jefferie Farmer, as administrator of the estate of Douglas Farmer, filed a complaint in Mercer Circuit Court against William Meadows, Frankie Graham Inc., Frankie Graham and Anthony Graham alleging negligence - personal injury and wrongful death. 

The suit states Douglas Farmer was struck and killed by a dump truck driven by Meadows on Dec. 11, 2017, as the truck turned into the Graham Trucking parking lot at 6 p.m. at night. According to the suit, after Meadows struck Farmer, he parked the truck and walked into the office and Farmer's body was discovered by another Graham employee. Meadows had admitted to taking Gabapentin, the plaintiff alleges. 

The plaintiff also alleges in his suit that there were only "three small lights on the exterior of the Graham Trucking garage" and that when rescue arrived at the scene of the accident, flood lights were needed to investigate the premises. 

The plaintiff seeks monetary relief, a trial by jury, interest and all other just relief. He is represented by Eric Buckner and Jennifer Dempsey Meeter of The Kantz, Kantor, Stonestreet & Buckner Law Firm PLLC in Princeton.  

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge William J. Sadler.

Mercer Circuit Court case number 19-C-218-WS

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