FORT WAYNE – A federal lawsuit was filed this week in connection with the January semi crash in New Haven that killed two women.
On Jan. 8, Scott A. Saunders was driving his semi west on U.S. 30 near Doyle Road when he rear-ended a pair of vehicles and caused a six-vehicle wreck that killed two and injured seven others.
Killed were Suzanne K. Stephenson, 65, of Monroeville and Sandra Dealy, 43, of Convoy, Ohio. Both women were traveling alone in separate vehicles.
They were wearing seat belts and died of blunt-force trauma.
Police said at the time that the light at the intersection turned green and traffic was starting to move forward when Saunders failed to slow down and rear-ended the vehicles.
The lawsuit, which names Saunders, was filed by Stephenson’s husband and seeks at least $75,000 in damages. Saunders’ semi was owned by Wisconsin-based Kutzler Express, also named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
Stephenson was a former member of the Monroeville Town Council, according to her obituary.
A spokesman for Kutzler Express said the company was saddened by the deaths and injuries suffered in the crash and was cooperating with investigators.
The crash remains under investigation, according to the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office.