Widow of Colorado Tow Truck Driver Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Mar 8th, 2011 | By | Category: Colorado, National News

The widow of deceased Colorado Springs tow truck driver Allen Rose has filed a lawsuit against the woman accused of manslaughter in his death, according to a news report.

In a wrongful death lawsuit filed March 2 in the 4th Judicial District Court on behalf of Rose’s estate and his heirs, including his wife and their two children, Dawn Renee Rose claims that Detra Farries was negligent and careless when she drove off in a GMC sport utility vehicle that Allen Lew Rose had attached a towing cable to on Feb. 23 outside an apartment building, the report states. The suit contends that Farries then dragged the tow truck driver for a distance of 1.2 miles after his leg became caught in the cable.

The suit claims that by Farries failing to stop when she realized, or should have realized, she was dragging Rose, the defendant was negligent and careless in operating the GMC, according to the report.

Farries is due back in court at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 9, when prosecutors are expected to file charges in the case. District Attorney Dan May has said the charges could be more or less serious than manslaughter based upon what the investigation by the Colorado Springs police reveals, the report states.

A manslaughter conviction carries a normal penalty of up to six years in prison, although in cases with aggravated circumstances, a judge can sentence a defendant up to 12 years in prison.

Farries remains free on a $50,000 bond pending her court appearance.