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Family of Susquehanna County Marine Receives Wrongful Death Settlement

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(WBRE/WYOU-TV) The family of a U.S. Marine Corp Staff Sergeant Andrew Stevens received a wrongful death settlement this week.
The Munley Law firm reached an $8 million settlement in a wrongful death and survival action case against Defendants Canyon Environmental LLC and Mr. Arlan E. Taft.
   The truck crash claimed the life of  27-year-old Andrew Stevens in January 2015.  The four-vehicle collision occurred on State Route 3004 in Springville, Susquehanna County. According to court documents, Taft was operating a 2006 International Harvester water truck, weighing 73,000 pounds, for Canyon Environmental LLC.

  Staff Sergeant Stevens was operating a 2013 Dodge Durango on State Route 3004 and was stopped behind two Kenworth tanker trucks that were stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of State Route 3004 and State Route 29. As  Taft descended down a steep decline in the roadway, he lost control and violently struck the Stevens vehicle.

 The force of the impact propelled Staff Sergeant Stevens’ vehicle forward into the trucks in front of him. 

Stevens was 27 years old at the time of the wreck and was a Marine who served combat tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq .    Staff Sergeant Stevens was married to Katherine Stevens and has two young children.  At the time of his death, they were two and five years old.

Prior to this civil action, the District Attorney of Susquehanna County filed criminal charges against Taft including homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, careless driving and reckless driving.  On September 12, 2017, Defendant Taft pled guilty to recklessly endangering another person, and careless driving.  

 Attorneys Marion Munley, Robert W. Munley, III, and Caroline Munley of Munley Law represented the Plaintiff Katherine Stevens, Staff Sergeant Stevens’s widow, in the case that was scheduled for trial this week before the Honorable John Jones of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

(Information provided by Munley Law Firm)

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