Wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of Jennifer Walton, girl killed in church van crash

A Montgomery law firm has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Chrysler on behalf of the family of a girl killed 15-passenger van crash in Blakely, Ga. earlier this month.

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Porthis and Miles filed the suit today in the Circuit court for Russell County on behalf of Horace Walton. Walton's daughter, Jennifer Leanne Walton, was one of four people killed October 3 when a 1987 Dodge 15-passenger van she was in blew out a tire, rolled over several times and crashed.

The complaint against the Chrysler Group, L.L.C., Chrysler Group Vans, L.L.C. and R&J Tire Co. Inc, alleges products liability, failure to warn, negligence and wantonness for the unsafe conditions of the van and the tire.

"The real tragedy behind this crash and other fatal rollover crashes involving 15-passenger vans is that federal regulators and auto safety experts have known for years that these vans are unfit to transport people, and yet they continue to be manufactured," Jere L. Beasley, founding shareholder of Beasley Allen, said in a press release. "This vehicle is, by design, inherently unstable and unsafe and yet it is allowed to remain on the road. As a result, people are injured and killed.