Family of N. TX police officer killed in crash sues trucking company

It's been nearly a year since a Midlothian police officer was killed in a car crash.

Off-duty officer Heather Phares, 22, died in April 2014 when her pickup truck collided with the back of an 18-wheeler flatbed. Now, her family has filed a lawsuit.

The lawsuit, filed by Fort Worth attorney Steven Laird, accuses Friendly Transportation out of Katy, TX and its driver of negligence.

Laird is seeking $1 million in damages.

"An 18-wheeler flatbed pulls all the way from the right-hand shoulder across two lanes of traffic and a turn lane in order to make a U-turn in the opening of  the  highway, the opening of the median, because the truck driver had gotten lost," said Laird. "…It indicates that he has had improper training or inadequate training."

In court documents filed by attorneys for Friendly Transportation, the "Defendant denies and each every…material allegation."

FOX 4 spoke with the attorney for the trucking company, who did not want to do any interview because of the pending lawsuit.

However, he said that's what jurors are for and the process that plays out in the courts.

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