Only weeks before Christmas 2006, Henry LaRocca ran over his wife Brenda with a pickup truck while backing out of his West End home's driveway, leaving the couple's five children motherless.
On April 22, the LaRocca children's grandparents, Helen and Fritz Duhon, filed suit against Henry, seeking to recover survival damages. The Duhons are acting as next of friend for their daughter's children.
According to an article in the Beaumont Enterprise, on Dec. 6, 2006, Brenda Duhon-LaRocca, 48, was on her way to a Christmas party at the MCM Elegante when her husband ran her over with a large pickup truck at the end the couple's driveway at about 6 p.m., according to Beaumont police.
The suit did not say why Brenda was walking behind the truck or whether Henry had been charged. The Enterprise article stated that Beaumont police did not immediately charge him.
"The adult and minor Plaintiffs in all of their respective capacities seek recovery against Defendant for all damages recoverable under Texas law, both past and in the future, in a total sum which is within the jurisdictional limits of this Court," the suit said.
The plaintiffs are represented by Tony Malley, attorney for the Moore Landrey law firm.
Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th Judicial District, has been assigned to the case.
Case No. D181-640