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Wrongful death suit over wrong-way Santa Cruz crash – San Jose Mercury News

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Dan Coyro/Sentinel Eric Weers faces murder charges for intentionally killing Ana Barajas with his car.

SANTA CRUZ — The surviving children of Ana Barajas, the 48-year-old medical technician killed last year in a wrong-way crash on Highway 17, have filed a wrongful death suit over their mother’s death.
Filed in July, the suit names driver Eric Rsel Weers, his father, and the Santa Cruz Community Counseling Center where Weers was a resident at the time of the July 11, 2011 accident. It also claims Weers, who was under treatment for schizoaffective disorder, was using illegal drugs and impaired at the time Barajas was killed.
Weers faces murder charges over the crash, with prosecutors alleging he deliberately drove the wrong way onto the highway. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
Weers was in court Friday, a hearing attended by members of the Barajas family. A prosecutor said a long-delayed court-ordered psychiatric report by Dr. James Missett has been completed but it has not yet been sent to the attorneys.
Judge Paul Burdick ordered the report be delivered by Friday.
Weers has a history of mental illness and was living in subsidized housing for psychiatric patients in Santa Cruz at the time of the crash. His attorneys previously said Weers was prescribed five psychiatric medications in 2010 but hadn’t taken them for several days before the crash.
Calling the Community Counseling Center’s actions negligent, the suit claims staff there failed to exercise ordinary standards of care. The suit further says staff

knew, or should have known, that Weers was a reckless driver who disobeyed traffic laws, and that he was likely to injure someone while driving.
The suit also names Weers’ father, [...]

By |October 20th, 2012|News|Comments Off on Wrongful death suit over wrong-way Santa Cruz crash – San Jose Mercury News|

Widow Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over Fatal UTD Crane Collapse – Dallas Observer (blog)

Terry Weaver

The weather on July 7 quickly turned windy, almost violently so. The sudden gusts, which reached 40 miles per hour, capsized a surfboarding 55-year-old into the waters of White Rock Lake, where he drowned. Even more dramatic was the scene a dozen miles to the north, when a construction crane toppled into UTD’s Arts & Technology Building.
Killed in the collapse were Terry Weaver and Thomas Fairbrother Jr., who were working at the time for Harirson Crane and Hoist. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which has six months to investigate fatal workplace accidents, is still investigating. Meanwhile, industry experts concluded from photos taken at the site that bolts connecting two crane segments appeared to have been removed prematurely, which might have precipitated the fall.
However it happened, it was only a matter of time before a lawsuit hit the courts, which happened Friday. According to Courthouse News, Tammy Weaver, Terry Weaver’s widow, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Dallas County court against Harrison Crane, Baten Steel Erectors and the general contractor, Hunt Construction.
The suit claims that Weaver’s death was the direct result of the crane’s dangerous conditions and that the companies could and should have taken steps to ensure the safety of their workers. Tammy Weaver is seeking unspecified damages for wrongful death and negligence, among other claims. A number listed for Harrison went straight to a busy signal.

By |October 3rd, 2012|News|Comments Off on Widow Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over Fatal UTD Crane Collapse – Dallas Observer (blog)|