Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Subaru Case Heads to Trial ; Cabell Crash Victims' Families Filed Product Liability Lawsuit

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Subaru Case Heads to Trial ; Cabell Crash Victims' Families Filed Product Liability Lawsuit

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Kanawha County jurors later this month will hear about a Cabell County car wreck - nearly eight years after it occurred. The wreck took the lives of a mother and two teenagers. The trial slated for Jan. 23 marks nearly the end of a lawsuit that has lasted about five years.

Claims made against Subaru are all that remain from combined lawsuits filed in 2011 by the families of Carole Lynn Crawford and Meaghan McGuire Crawford and Kelsey Rebecca Kuhn. The three were killed in a head-on collision on W.Va. 10 between Huntington and Barboursville in 2009.

The product liability case against Subaru is to be tried before Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey. The judge held a pretrial hearing last Friday.

In addition to the car manufacturer, the lawsuits were also filed against Dr. Anita Dawson, who wrote prescription after prescription for pain medication for the driver of the other car, Erma Marie Brown. Brown was also sued, along with several pharmacies that filled her prescription orders.

Claims against all of the defendants besides Subaru were previously resolved, plaintiffs attorney Scott Segal said last week. He wouldn't elaborate on the terms of the settlements, saying he wanted to avoid pretrial publicity.

The lawsuit alleges that the construction of the Crawfords' Subaru - which burst into flames as bystanders tried to free the Forester's occupants - contributed to the deaths.

On April 2, 2009, a Ford Explorer driven by Brown crossed the center line and hit the Subaru Forester driven by Carole Crawford head-on. Crawford, 47, her daughter Meaghan, 16, and Meaghan's friend Kuhn, 15, were killed in the wreck and subsequent fire.

Subaru vehemently denies the allegations against it.

The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reported at the time that preliminary reports indicated that the impact spun the Explorer and sent the Forester over a small embankment. When the Forester caught fire, its occupants could not escape, despite attempts by nearby resident Mike Edens and others.

"I just wish I hadn't went over there. There was nothing I could do, he told the newspaper.

Edens heard the cries of those trapped inside the Forester, the newspaper's report stated. …

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