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WIDOW SETTLES SUIT FOR $2.6 MILLION OHIO MAN KILLED BY LUMBER FALLING FROM TRUCK

WRONGFUL DEATH

The widow of an Ohio man fatally injured when lumber fell from a truck and smashed into his car near Olean will receive $2.6 million, according to an out-of-court settlement. Insurance carriers for Frontier Lumber Co.Inc. of Buffalo, Wood Treaters of Buffalo, Inc. and the driver and passenger of the truck, both of Little Valley, agreed to the cash deal after 11 weeks of an Olean jury trial in State Supreme Court.  The award goes to the widow, 51, of Solon, Ohio, whose husband died of multiple head injuries more than a year after the crash. That crash also killed the driver of another car. According to attorney Francis M. Letro, the victim, 53, a schoolteacher, was driving home with his wife from a New England vacation trip and had stopped in Olean to eat. The crash occurred on Route 417, about five miles west of Olean, when an eastbound flatbed truck overturned. The driver had his truck driver's license for less than three months at the time of the accident and was driving down the side of a hill when his truck overturned at a curve in the road and his load of landscaping timbers fell off and hit the westbound victim's car. "Doctors said every bone in the victim's skull was fractured" when the lumber crushed the driver's side of the vehicle. The victim died 14 months later in a nursing home after being a patient at three hospitals, Letro said.