A trucker in Tampa, FL, is still paying for a fatal accident
that wasn’t his fault.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that a jury this week
refused Edward Tippie’s request that the Progressive Auto Insurance Company be
compelled to pay him $100,000 for medical bills and other expenses.
Tippie was seriously injured in September 2003 when a
suicidal man named Bryan Randall deliberately drove into the path of Tippie’s
tractor-trailer on Interstate 4.
Randall and one of his children were killed in the wreck.
Another child survived. It was later discovered that the day before the fatal
crash, Randall had killed a third child, and tried to kill a fourth.
On Tuesday, Aug. 15, the jury rejected Tippie’s suit after
an attorney for Progressive argued that no insurance company pays out claims
when there’s a suicide.
However, the Sentinel reported that Progressive did
pay an undisclosed award to Randall’s two surviving children.
Tippie now drives a tow truck, and relies on that income to
support a wife and seven children.