Wrongful death suit filed over crash with RV

David Yates Jul. 12, 2012, 9:37am

The widow of Barry Leyendecker has filed suit against several individuals and an insurance company, alleging the defendants caused a recreational vehicle to lose control and block a highway, resulting in the crash that claimed Leyendecker's life.

Roberta Leyendecker filed the suit July 6 in Jefferson County District Court. The defendants are Texas Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance, Gordon and Jerry Buchleiter and Cynthia and Larry Chandler.

According to the lawsuit, on April 23 Gordon Buchleiter was towing an RV owned by the Chandlers and being operated by Jerry Buchleiter. The defendants lost control of the combined unit, causing the vehicles to block both the north and south lanes of Highway 69, the suit states.

Leyendecker crashed into the combined unit and died from his injures.

The suit further contends that the Leyendeckers were covered by a Texas Farm policy and that their coverage was not adequate to compensate for the damages suffered.

The plaintiff is suing for actual and wrongful death damages.

Provost Umphrey attorney Paul Ferguson Jr. of Beaumont represents the plaintiff.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. B192-655

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