Parents of teen killed in Jackson manhole cover wreck file suit

November 20, 2018


On May 17th, 18 year old Frances Fortner was on her way to high school graduation practice. She was driving her mother's convertible. The car tire hit an unsecured manhole cover, flipped, and landed upside down, killing the teen driver.


Fortner had been traveling down Ridgewood Road (in Jackson, Mississippi), a section of which was being repaved. Published reports indicate another motorist had phoned the police earlier in the day and complained of the road conditions, including mentioning an unsecured manhole cover.


Fortner's parents said in their lawsuit that the city of Jackson (Mississippi), Superior Asphalt Inc., IMS Engineers, their agents, employees and/or contractors under their control — "failed to provide proper warnings of the danger present at said manhole."


The Fortners' lawsuit seeks compensatory damages and earnings their daughter would have possibly earned as well as seeking punitive damages. Read more about the lawsuit here.



At the law offices of T. Verner Smith, we represent clients who have suffered personal injury due to the negligence of another. These types of lawsuits not only provide necessary compensation for those who were wrongfully hurt in an accident, but also creates an environment of caution leading to higher safety standards for all. Contact us for a free consultation at (731) 423-1888, (901) 730-4567, or (615) 371-6136.



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