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Carwash may be deposed in SUA wrongful death suit

May 08, 2012
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KANSAS CITY, MO ― A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Rosland Watson, who was killed in November 2009 after a Toyota Land Cruiser unexpectedly accelerated while at a carwash here, a Kansas City Business Journal story said.

The May 4 story said at issue is whether the carwash, Grandview Auto Wash, was undercapitalized at the time of the accident, and could have done more to protect people from out-of-control cars. One measure would have been to put safety barriers in place.

Attorneys for Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP have served U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, who allegedly has some sort of ownership role with the carwash, which is owned by The Cleaver Co. LLC. Apparently, Cleaver and The Cleaver Co. LLC defaulted on a small business loan in 2002 which was worth $1.3 million.

Cleaver stated to the public that he has nothing to do with the carwash and his attorney has stated that the congressman should be left alone. Watson’s family named other defendants in the lawsuit and have already settled with the driver of the Toyota. Toyota has already been dismissed from the case.