The Mississippi Supreme Court is upholding
the dismissal of a wrongful death lawsuit brought by a truck driver
whose wife was killed at a Meridian truck stop.
The court record says Kayla Albert was struck and killed after
dark in 2002, while crossing a public roadway from Scott's Truck
Plaza to a gravel parking area where her truck was parked. Mark
Albert, her husband, sued the truck stop's operators in Lauderdale
County Circuit Court.
Among Albert's allegations, according to the court record, were
that the truck stop operators failed to provide adequate lighting
and had placed a propane tank and advertising in its parking lot,
which obstructed the view of pedestrians and drivers of oncoming
Circuit Judge Lester Williamson Jr. dismissed the lawsuit in
2006, ruling that Albert didn't prove his allegations.
The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision this past week, upheld
Justice Ann Lamar said the Supreme Court's majority agreed
Albert failed to prove that his wife's death was the result of the
alleged obstructions or insufficient lighting.
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