Family files lawsuit in death of 'Mr. Downtown'

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  • Gregg Weber SEATTLE, WA
    Aug. 2, 2013 12:23 p.m.

    You're right. Firing doesn't absolve the company of responsibility. Everyone is human and makes mistakes.

    Giving to charity is a decision after the suit wins.

    What are the financial losses anyway? Does that mean that the value of the loss of a human life is dependent on expected years or money to pass on? If so, that reminds me of the difference between animals in the Assop Fable "where are your fangs". Or something like that.

    This is part two because even though the counter said that I had some words left, it wasn't accepted.

  • Gregg Weber SEATTLE, WA
    Aug. 2, 2013 12:21 p.m.

    Maybe I don't see it. A bus going north, probably in the right lane, doesn't see someone going west (stepping off the curb to the right) but another car does? I could see it if the person was in the crosswalk going east in front of the car and (not practicing defensive walking) stepped into the far right lane where the bus driven by someone not paying attention and not practicing defensive driving was at. But that apparently didn't happen.

    True UTA didn't train drivers for Death Race 2000 but they apparently didn't train this one good enough for Safe Streets 2013.

    Law suits provide further incentive to those who need it in order to discourage further carelessness. Isn't that something good?

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    Aug. 2, 2013 10:42 a.m.

    I support this lawsuit; however, having the lawsuit proceeds go to charity would be the right thing.

    These are grown children, not dependent upon the decedent for their upbringing.
    Mr Wirick's long-standing business obviously was not a multi-million dollar company; what ARE their financial losses, anyway?

  • brightness Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 2, 2013 9:18 a.m.

    Organizations are ultimately responsible the actions of their employees, firing the employee does not absolve the organization of the guilt of taking one's life.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 10:33 p.m.

    I drive for UTA. This lady has already gone through hell due to this tragedy. Why put her through more? I like Elder Packers advice he has given many times over the pulpit. Let it go.
    I see nothing good coming out of this lawsuit.

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    Aug. 1, 2013 6:46 p.m.

    2 bits

    You're kidding, right?

    Public and private corporations are held accountable every day for the actions of their employees during the course of normal business activities.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 4:30 p.m.

    Why is UTA responsible for his death? They didn't train her to run over people or drive carelessly or authorize her to run people over in the cross-walk. Kim did that. I know UTA has the money (and Kim doesn't) but I don't see how UTA is responsible for his death.