A lump sum of $362,500 was awarded to family members of a man and his stepgrandson who were killed in a 2008 crash with a responding Massilon (OH) quint.
Ronald Anderson, 72, and 4-year-old Javarre Tate, were killed when their van was struck by that Massillon fire apparatus responding to a vehicle fire.
8 years ago, the Firefighters were responding to a call of a vehicle on fire when the fire apparatus, traveling thru an intersection struck the van driven by Mr. Anderson.
Anderson’s distant cousin, Firefighter Susan Toles, was driving the ladder truck that struck Anderson’s van and she was one of four firefighters who suffered minor injuries in the crash.
Attorneys for Anderson’s widow, Cynthia Anderson, had argued that the fire apparatus driver was traveling at excessive and unsafe speeds given the neighborhood and type of emergency. The city had argued that the crash was unavoidable because Anderson failed to yield to the oncoming firetruck at the intersection, which has a three-way stop and a flashing light. The rig that he collided with was the 2nd rig coming thru that intersection.
An obviously tragic event for all involved.