Families File Lawsuit Following Dallas Truck Accident That Killed 13-Year-Old

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The July 2019 truck accident that claimed the life of 13-year-old Brian Duarte is being blamed on a truck driver who was under the influence of both drugs and alcohol. Now the driver, Christopher Downing, has been arrested for intoxication manslaughter and three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and four devastated families have filed a lawsuit against Downing’s employer.

The July 2019 truck accident that claimed the life of 13-year-old Brian Duarte is being blamed on a truck driver who was under the influence of both drugs and alcohol. Now the driver, Christopher Downing, has been arrested for intoxication manslaughter and three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and four devastated families have filed a lawsuit against Downing’s employer.

Passengers Injured, Killed in Devastating Truck Accident

One of the teenaged passengers, Angel Meza, says that when the truck accident took place, “I remember the driver screaming and me peeking over. And when I peeked over, I just saw the semi coming straight at us.” The driver of the commercial truck owned by Diamond Energy Services of Tulsa apparently lost control and then over-corrected before the collision. The pickup flipped several times.

Brian Duarte was just 13 at the time of the truck accident that claimed his life. His father describes thinking his son was just unconscious. “I was carrying him. I shook him up, screamed at him and tried to wake him up. He wouldn’t wake up. He wouldn’t move. He was just hanging out of my arms,” said Gaspar Guima. The EMTs told him that he was dead when they were transporting the boy’s body to the hospital. In their lawsuit against Diamond Energy, the families are accusing the company of negligence in their failure to put “a capable, fully trained driver in the cab of their vehicle before they put him on the roadway.”

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