Family of pregnant MoDOT worker killed in crash wants to sue

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — The household of a expecting MoDOT employee who died with her little one past November said they’ll get Missouri’s law changed if they have to.

Kaitlyn Anderson was because of to deliver her toddler, Jaxx, on March 29. She and her toddler died on November 18 in a MoDOT get the job done zone on Telegraph Highway about Interstate 255. A 2nd worker also died and a 3rd faces doable long lasting injuries.

“It can totally materialize again and which is what we want to avert,” explained Anderson’s aunt, Tabatha Moore.

Anderson lived with her aunt at the time. Moore pointed out MoDOT had no protecting truck, sometimes referred to as a TMA. She explained various past and present MoDOT staff members advised her it is not demanded in pace zones underneath 45 miles for each hour. The crash web site on Telegraph is 40 miles per hour.

“They did not present devices, a TMA truck powering them because of an mph threshold. It is preposterous,” Moore stated.

FOX 2 documented this on Monday. The upcoming working day MoDOT’s director wrote a letter to Kaitlyn’s relatives, clarifying that there is an “…existing necessity to use a devoted TMA or protective vehicle anytime staff are bodily operating inside a lane of site visitors.”

That surprised the surviving worker of November’s crash, Michael Brown, who instructed FOX 2 he was unaware of any protective truck necessity. And we can’t inquire the MoDOT supervisor from that November day because he died.

Anderson’s relatives would like to sue for responses and accountability. Missouri legislation makes it tricky, according to household lawyer Andrew Mundwiller. He explained Missouri has designed what’s called “sovereign immunity caps.”

“If the condition negligently harms another person or kills a person they set the worth of a lifestyle at $420,000,” explained Mundwiller, who is now operating with legislators to change this. “If your situation is frivolous, the jury will inform you it’s frivolous. This is not a frivolous condition. We want to make sure that not yet another spouse and children goes via this.”

Suing worker’s comp is usually yet another solution, but not in Kaitlyn Anderson’s situation.

“Kaitlyn was a younger lady who was not but married,” explained Moore. “Her only heir was in her stomach waiting to be sent.”

“So she had no dependents and so she falls by the wayside outdoors the protection of mo worker’s comp legal guidelines,” Mundwiller included.

MoDOT’s letter to the family members also stated that the condition stopped all striping operations, like the just one Anderson died performing, for 1 thirty day period and built guaranteed a basic safety briefing went out to just about every one personnel that they had to entire prior to returning to operate.

The office also explained it is urgent for justice, involving the driver who strike the workers.