When you call AAA if you’re having car trouble, you expect to be helped, not hurt. The husband of a woman hit and killed during a AAA roadside assistance stop is suing AAA Mid-Atlantic for the woman’s wrongful death. He is also suing the tow-truck driver and his towing service, according to the lawsuit filed in Luzerne County Court.
The 55-year-old woman, from Wilkes-Barre Township, was killed in March after calling AAA for assistance in Plains Township. Her vehicle apparently malfunctioned on her way home from work. Her call was apparently directed to a contractor. The tow truck operator who arrived for assistance was allegedly intoxicated.
The truck driver reportedly was attempting to reverse the vehicle from a parking stall in a parking lot when an open driver’s door struck the woman. She suffered severe injuries and died the next day. Police responding to the scene apparently suspected the driver had been drinking. He was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.
In the lawsuit, the woman’s husband says she had a right to expect competent employees to assist her when she called AAA that day in March. He is asserting allegations of carelessness, recklessness and negligent conduct against the driver, and claims AAA should have known he was not qualified to do the job.
Not surprisingly, the woman’s family is very distraught, according to the husband’s attorney. It was not clear what damages are being sought. According to police, the criminal investigation is ongoing.
AAA did not comment on the lawsuit.