Michigan FD Sued Over Fatal Crash

The driver of a vehicle that struck a fire truck parked at the scene of a rollover crash on I-94 earlier this year is suing the fire department and the apparatus’ driver claiming “Neither the lights nor sirens of the fire truck were activated” at the time of the accident.

Charles Horn and Amanda Holloway filed suit last week in Washtenaw County Trial Court against the Ypsilanti Fire Department and an unnamed firefighter. Horn and his daughter were critically injured in the crash, while his daughter’s friend, Christina Snyder, 15, was killed. The accident occurred n May 29, 2017.

Michigan Live is reporting that Horn has a lengthy driving record and served time for armed robbery. The lawsuit alleges “(Horn) struck the fire truck as a result of the negligent and unlawful failure to activate the fire truck’s lights and sirens.”

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About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
  • Vinny Sheehan

    Pay the man.

  • Mike Hunter

    I understand the part about not having the emergency lights activated while parked at the scene, but no one would leave their sirens activated.

    • CurtVarone

      Mike – that is the allegation contained in the lawsuit. I agree it is a ridiculous allegation… but that is what is being alleged.

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