Mike Wilbur

Family of man killed in DC fire truck crash files $15M lawsuit

The family of a man who died after the car he was driving was broadsided by a DC Fire & EMS truck last year has filed a $15 million lawsuit against city officials and the firefighter who was driving that day.

According to a press release issued the same day the suit was filed, T’Anita Green, who was married to Deangelo Green, claims that a “long history of inaction led to the fatal collision between a fire truck and a Honda passenger car.”

The crash occurred March 9, 2018, when a DC Fire & EMS truck was responding to a call about the smell of smoke. The truck drove through a red light at an intersection, striking the Honda driven by Deangelo Green. The fire truck, which had its lights on, t-boned Green’s Honda.

Officials later announced that the dash cam on the front of the fire truck did not record the fatal incident. The camera did not have a memory card installed at the time of the crash.

“Since the fatal accident on March 9, 2018, we have learned that there was not a memory card in Engine 26’s dashboard video camera,” officials said in a press release at the time. “These cameras are designed to record real-time video of crashes or other incidents, but the use and functionality of the equipment has been unintentionally uneven over the years.”

The lawsuit is asking for a judgement in favor of Green’s widow and his six children for $15 million.

The suit alleges DC Fire & EMS has a long history of mismanaging emergency vehicle training courses and disregarded a 2013 audit calling for mandatory Emergency Vehicle Operations Courses for all apparatus operators graduating from probation.

A representative from the DC Office of the Attorney General declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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