Estate of truck driver suing OHP

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

ROGERS COUNTY, Okla. -- A lawsuit has been filed against the Oklahoma Highway Patrol involving a crash last year in which one of the drivers involved was a local trooper.

Trooper Bill McClendon died in October of 2006 in a wreck near Claremore. That wreck also took the life of Ohio truck driver Hussien Osman. Now the estate of Osman is suing the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, saying Trooper McClendon was negligent and caused the crash that killed them both.

A report on the crash by the State Department of Public Safety found the truck driver was driving 15 miles per hour faster than the posted speed limit, failed to yield to an emergency vehicle, and was operating an unsafe vehicle.

OHP Captain Chris West has said McClendon’s u-turn across the interstate likely initiated the collision.

Osman’s family claims McClendon was negligent for making the u-turn
On Wednesday, a spokesman for McClendon’s family says he was just doing his job.

"The family has asked to say that Trooper McClendon was a professional trooper. He was doing his job to the best of his ability to protect the citizens of the state of Oklahoma. Hope (wife) and the children miss their father and husband very much," Mike Grimes said.

That lawsuit is asking for more than $10,000 in damages.


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  • by KAREN Location: OKLAHOMA on Dec 6, 2007 at 07:47 AM
    $10,000 lousey dollars is worth suing for? What is the family thinking? My heart goes out to the family of the trooper, who only lost his life AFTER going after someone breaking the law. Common sense says - IF the truck driver has been obeying the law, the trooper would not have to had turn around on him.
  • by Yocal Location: Texa on Dec 5, 2007 at 03:50 PM
    You can't even die in peace without getting sued. More reason to spend everything you have before you die. Merry Christmas to the family.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2007 at 02:53 PM
    may god be with both of the familys
  • by LOCAL Location: OKLAHOMA on Dec 5, 2007 at 02:14 PM
    IT'S SAD WHAT PEOPLE WILL DO FOR MONEY. MAYBE THE FAMILY OF THE TROOPER SHOULD SUE THE FAMILY OF THE TRUCKDRIVER BECAUSE HE WAS SPEEDING AND DRIVING AN UNSAFE TRUCK.
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