The family of the victim killed in the IRS plane crash on February 18, 2010 has filed a Texas wrongful death lawsuit against the pilot’s estate.
Joseph Stack was piloting the plane involved in the fatal crash. Both he and Vernon Hunter, the victim at the center of the Texas wrongful death lawsuit, were killed in the suicide plane attack.
According to authorities, Stack, 53, intentionally crashed his plane into the IRS office building. Hunter, who was a manager in the IRS office, was killed.
In the Texas wrongful death lawsuit filed on Monday, Hunter’s family claims that Sheryl Stack, the pilot’s wife, should have warned others about her husband’s threatening and unstable behavior in the days preceding the attack. Stack had set his home on fire the same morning as the crash.
The Texas wrongful death lawsuit alleges that Sheryl Stack had a duty to “avoid foreseeable risk of injury to others.”
The seven-page lawsuit states that "Stack was threatened enough by Joseph Stack that she took her daughter and stayed at a hotel the night before the plane crash.”
According to an attorney representing Valerie Hunter, the victim’s wife, the suit seeks to determine whether any insurance proceeds are available to be awarded to the Hunter family. The attorney calls the Texas wrongful death lawsuit the appropriate way to determine what assets are available as compensation for Hunter’s death.
In addition, the lawsuit also seeks to prevent the Travis County medical examiner’s office from making Hunter’s autopsy public.
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