Global Machinery Giant Ingersoll Rand Sued For Wrongful Death of Motorist

Jan 13, 2016, 09:17 ET from Bowles & Verna LLP

ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif., Jan. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A Dublin, CA man is suing the international corporation Ingersoll Rand for the wrongful death of his wife after an employee triggered a fiery highway collision with a company car. Jason Deglau, the spouse of Erica Halter filed his civil lawsuit in Alameda Superior Court in November 2015.

36-year-old Erica Halter was on her way to visit friends and drop off Christmas cookies on December 10, 2014 when eastbound traffic came to a standstill in a construction zone on Highway 580 in Dublin, CA.

At the same time, Steve Wisuri was heading home from work in a Ford F150 commercial pickup truck, owned by Ingersoll Rand. He was traveling at 76-77 miles per hour in a construction zone where the speed limit was 55 miles per hour.  According to the Restraints Control Module ("RCM"), Mr. Wisuri showed no signs of slowing down five seconds before he slammed into Mrs. Halter's 2003 Jeep Cherokee.

The impact flipped the Jeep and sparked a fire. Good Samaritans pulled Mrs. Halter's body from the wreckage and medics pronounced her dead at the scene. The Alameda County District Attorney has charged Mr. Wisuri with vehicular manslaughter and he's facing a criminal trial.

"While Mr. Wisuri is being prosecuted for his unexplainable and reckless conduct, his employer is also responsible and will need to pay for this," said plaintiff attorney, Bradley R. Bowles with the Walnut Creek Law Firm Bowles & Verna LLP which represents Jason Deglau. "No amount of money can replace our client's beloved wife but unfortunately after a tragedy like this, there's no other compensation," said Bowles.  

The couple met in 2005 and had been together for nearly ten years. In his eulogy Mr. Deglau told mourners at his wife's funeral that: "Erica was the love of my life, my very best friend, and my biggest source of encouragement. The happiest moments of my life have been with her. I miss her dearly."

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