As published in The Davis Enterprise, AgnewBrusavich has filed a civil lawsuit against Waste Management, Inc. and its driver Craig Michael Tivey for the death of Kentaro Inoue, who was struck by a Waste Management garbage truck while bicycling to work. Tivey mistook the collision for previously reported engine problems, and continued to drag Inoue an additional 45 feet into a driveway. Inoue was a professor at the University of California, Davis. Tivey, who faces vehicular manslaughter charges by the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, contends that the truck had multiple mechanical problems, which caused his failure to realize that he had hit Inoue.
“Unfortunately, Waste Management was grossly negligent in the maintenance of its truck, and it cost Kentaro his life,” said lead attorney Bruce Brusavich. “Tivey had written up his truck’s engine problems several days earlier, and had they been promptly fixed, Kentaro might be alive today.”
The lawsuit accuses Waste Management of gross negligence in the maintenance of its trucks, putting the public at risk of serious injury or death, and seeks compensatory and punitive damages for Inoue’s wife, Amy Brown.
Separately, the criminal jury trial against Tivey is set for September 25, 2017.