Courtland Company Sued in Dump Truck Death of Elderly St. James Man

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(Courtland, MN) – A paving and excavating company based in Courtland is being sued by the daughter of a 98-year-old man who died after being hit by a dump truck.

The wrongful death lawsuit accuses Ground Zero Services of carelessness and negligence, and seeks in excess of $50,000 to cover medical bills, funeral expenses and loss of companionship.

David Dick died on October 27, 2016, after being hit in the parking lot of the St. James Hospital, where he had been visiting a friend. According to the State Patrol, the truck had moved forward after dropping off a load of asphalt and struck him.

The filing says at the time of the incident, Ground Zero was performing asphalt repair work and responsible for overall site safety and that the company failed to use a safety spotter or barriers to separate foot traffic from construction activities.

SMT reached out to Ground Zero, but the owners were not available for comment.

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