The estate of an NFL player who was killed after falling from a truck in North Carolina in 2009 has filed a lawsuit against the victim's fiancée, blaming her for the player's death. The wrongful death lawsuit contends that the fiancée's negligence, in addition to that of her family member, ultimately led to the player's death.
According to the player's estate, he was riding in the back of a truck which his fiancée was driving when he stood up and began hitting the cab with his hand and begging the woman to stop the vehicle. The lawsuit accuses the fiancée of refusing to stop the vehicle, and instead continued to operate the vehicle in a "careless and negligent manner" and ignoring the player's "position of helpless peril."
Police made no arrests in connection to the fatal accident during their investigation into the death in 2009. The victim's fiancée claimed that she and the player were involved in a "domestic situation," causing her to flee in the truck. She alleges that as she drove away, the player chased her and jumped into the truck's bed. Police determined that the player eventually "came out" of the bed, but were unable to determine exactly why or how the player fell from the truck. He succumbed to his injuries and died the following day. Investigators declined to file charges against the victim's fiancée after failing to uncover any evidence that suggested she drove recklessly or traveled faster than the speed limit.
The player's estate seeks to receive over $10,000 in damages. These damages would pay for the man's funeral costs and medical expenses.
Source: Charlotte Observer, "Estate of NFL player Chris Henry sues his fiancee in 2009 death," Mefhan Cooke, Jan. 20, 2012