SC man sues over fire truck crash

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BEAUFORT, S.C. — A Beaufort resident hurt in a crash involving a stolen fire truck is suing Beaufort and Port Royal, saying firefighters acted improperly when they left the truck running.

The Beaufort Gazette reports that Jonas Armstrong is also suing Kalvin Hunt. Police say the nude Marine ran from Beaufort’s Navy hospital and took a Port Royal fire truck while firefighters were on a medical call.

Hunt has been charged with murder and grand larceny. Police say he rammed several vehicles and killed 28-year-old Justin Miller of Port Royal on Feb. 24.

Court papers say Armstrong’s leg was badly injured and his SUV was totaled when Hunt hit him during an illegal U-turn. Armstrong says officials shouldn’t have left the fire truck running while responding to a call.

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corgimom
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corgimom 05/27/12 - 03:27 pm
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A fire truck is always left

A fire truck is always left running on a call. #1- It has equipment that draws power from the batteries #2- It may need to be moved in a hurry, and seconds count in a fire - #3- A fire dept cannot take a chance that a truck won't start, it may need to be used on another call immediately #4- A fire dept cannot take a chance that the keys will be lost or misplaced and a call missed, or a truck burnt up

But he'll get some money, that's what he wants, and the fire dept isn't going to change a thing.

http://www.firefightingnews.com/article-us.cfm?articleID=104035

You wonder...why wasn't Kelvin Hunt in a secure ward, if he had threatened to harm himself and others?

Sweet son
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Sweet son 05/27/12 - 04:49 pm
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Big Pockets/Big Payday!

Get em corgi!! Hope he doesn't get a dime! How many times have you seen a fire truck on a scene that was not running. I have even seen them in the station with the key in the ignition and a small chain on the key to keep it from getting lost!! Just makes sense!!

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dwb619 05/27/12 - 05:05 pm
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Insurance companies have deep

Insurance companies have deep pockets.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 05/28/12 - 12:25 pm
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@dwb

But sadly we pay in premiums for the deep pockets that cover frivilous suits!

dwb619
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dwb619 05/28/12 - 02:26 pm
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sweet son

No doubt. But whom do you think should be responsible for this man's medical bills and loss of property?
My liability insurance covers property damage and medical expense to others.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/11/12 - 07:33 pm
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The hospital, that let Kelvin

The hospital, that let Kelvin Hunt escape. The firefighters didn't do anything wrong.

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