Lawrence sued over wreck
Suit alleges county partly responsible for fatality because it failed to warn drivers of blind spots
By Nancy Glasscock
MOULTON — When Lawrence County officials didn’t respond to a public records request in September, Birmingham attorney Joshua Wright said he and his client felt they had no choice but to file a lawsuit.
Marisa Keenum of Moulton alleges in a lawsuit filed in Lawrence County Circuit Court that the county is in partly responsible for the death of her brother, Anthony McDaniel, 37, in August 2006. McDaniel died from injuries suffered in a wreck at Lawrence County 87 and 327.
The suit alleges that the county is partly responsible for McDaniel’s death because the county failed to warn drivers of blind spots created by a road sign near the intersection. Wright said he sent a request for public records in June to obtain information, including who was responsible for the placement of the sign.
Karen Harrison, former assistant county administrator, signed a document indicating she received the request. But Wright never received the information he was seeking, he said.
As a result, Wright said, he and his client filed a civil subpoena Sept. 20.
“We made attempts to work with the county and gather information before we were compelled to file the lawsuit,” he said. “Truth be told, there are a lot of unknowns. We’re not sure who was responsible for moving the sign and cutting the grass.”
Commission Chairman Bradley Cross and Commissioners John Terry and Mose Jones each said Friday they had limited knowledge about the wreck. They said they weren’t aware of a public records request from an attorney.
Keenum is also suing a Trinity man who was in the wreck.
She alleges that Emil Framke, who was 87 at the time, is partly responsible for her brother’s death because he allowed his vehicle to collide with McDaniel’s. Framke was not injured, according to state troopers.
McDaniel drove a bus for two West Morgan schools for 18 years. He also drove a van for the school system’s Federal Programs Department and worked at Parisian department store.
Save $84.50 a year off our newsstand price:
Subscribe today for only 38 cents a day!