25 Jan 2013

Kuckelman Torline Kirkland and Lewis file wrongful death lawsuit for death of local college student

(January 14, 2013) – The parents of a Benedictine College student and basketball player who was tragically killed in a car accident on December 21, 2011 filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for the death of their son, R.J. Demps.  Victoria Clark and Reggie Demps filed the lawsuit in Platte County Circuit Court.

R.J., a popular student and varsity basketball player, was killed when his car slid off of Missouri Highway 45, down a steep embankment and struck a large tree that was located within the highway’s clear zone.

The lawsuit claims that the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission failed to properly maintain the highway’s clear zone and failed to erect a guardrail to protect the travelling public on that dangerous section of highway which is just south of Weston.

At the time of his death, R.J. was a sophomore student at Benedictine and a member of the men’s basketball team.

The parents’ attorneys, Stephen J. Torline and Kathryn A. Lewis are members of the Kuckelman, Torline, Kirkland and Lewis law firm.

Kuckelman Torline Kirkland & Lewis is located in the Kansas City metropolitan area and represents clients in wrongful death and catastrophic injury litigation throughout the Midwest and the United States.