The family of fallen DPS Officer Tim Huffman is suing Jorge Espinoza in light of his involvement in the multi-car wreck that killed the officer last year. According to the lawsuit, the truck driver’s cell phone use and inattentiveness caused the fatal crash.
According to law enforcement, the officer was writing a report at an accident site in Yuma County, Arizona when the tractor-trailer rig struck him. Police who arrived on scene reported that the truck driver had been using his cell phone at the time of the crash to view photos of women in provocative positions with little clothing. The truck’s dash cam shows his cell phone flying from his hands at the time of the crash. According to the complaint, Espinoza had intentionally covered the dash cam with his wallet to hide his cell phone usage, but the wallet was jerked aside when the crash occurred revealing his misconduct.
The fallen officer’s father and brother brought the suit in federal court after Espinoza pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, thirteen counts of endangerment and seven counts of criminal damage. The criminal trial is still pending.
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