Iowa Woman’s Family Claims Wrongful Death in Crash

February 22, 2012

The children of a 95-year-old Iowa woman killed with three friends while celebrating her birthday are suing a truck driver blamed for causing the accident.

The estate of Margaret Bannister of West Des Moines filed the wrongful death lawsuit Monday in Dallas County against truck driver Kenneth Eugene Snow, Jr., and his employer, Panama Transfer, Inc.

Snow has pleaded not guilty to failing to obey a traffic control device. Police say he ran a red light and his semitrailer hit the driver’s side of a car carrying Bannister and her friends – women in their 80s – while they were leaving a country club where they had lunch in September.

Estate attorney Guy Cook says Snow and the company had a history of violations.

The company had no immediate comment.

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