Multiple sources are reporting that the family of a Jeannette man killed in an eight-vehicle pileup this month in Salem has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a truck driver accused of causing the crash and his Chicago trucking firm.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by the family of Albert Joseph Lee Tomasino. The lawsuit stated that the truck driver, Cruz Humberto Guzman-Nieves, had run a red light and was unable to stop his tractor-trailer in time to avoid the wreck because of faulty brakes. The accident occurred on June 14, 2016. The lawsuit filed against Guzman-Nieves states that “Guzman-Nieves knew or should have known that the brakes on the tractor-trailer …were hot, smoking, defective in an unreasonable dangerous condition and/or unfit for their intended purpose.”
Assistant District Attorney Mike Pacek stated that Nieves-Guzman is a flight risk because he is originally from Puerto Rico and that Conway abused his discretion by reducing his bail. Guzman-Nieves is currently awaiting a preliminary hearing with the charges being brought against him. His bail is set for 50,000 dollars and as of Wednesday June 29, 2016 he has not yet posted bail.