Robbie Hargett Oct. 28, 2015, 11:14am


A Jacksonville, Texas, woman is suing Ford, alleging negligence after a vehicle accident killed her husband.

Nora Patricia Ruiz, individually and as next of friend to minors S. R., E. R., and H. R., filed a lawsuit Oct. 23 in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas against Ford Motor Company, alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, on Jan. 21, Hector Ruiz was driving a 2006 Ford F250 southbound on state Highway 47 in Gregory County, South Dakota, when he lost control of the vehicle, which skidded, traveled through a ditch, and rolled over. At the time, Hector Ruiz was properly wearing his three-point restraint system, the suit says,  yet he still suffered fatal injuries.

The lawsuit alleges Ford was negligent in manufacturing a defective and unreasonably dangerous vehicle, among other negligent acts or omissions. The plaintiff, Hector Ruiz's surviving wife, is suing on behalf of herself and Hector Ruiz's surviving children.

The suit says the plaintiffs have suffered loss of care, maintenance, support, services, advise, counsel, companionship, society, and consortium, and have sustained mental anguish and funeral and burial expenses.

The Ruiz family seeks actual, economic and non-economic damages, plus costs of the suit. They are represented by attorneys E. Todd Tracy, Stewart D. Matthews and Andrew G. Counts of The Tracy Firm in Dallas.

Marshall Division for the Eastern District of Texas case number 2:15-cv-01675-JRG.

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