The widow of a Cullman County Sanitation employee killed in a wreck June 9 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver and his employer.

Tandalyn T. Dickey filed suit against Conserv Building Services, Inc. and their employee, Kernie Matthew Risner, Friday in connection with the accident that killed Harold “Jamie” Dickey. The suit charges the company and Risner with two counts of negligence for wantonness and wanton entrustment and requests a judgment against the defendants along with punitive damages.

Alabama State Troopers said Dickey, 34, was on the back of a garbage truck that was northbound on U.S. 231, near Arab, just ahead of Risner.

According to the complaint, Risner “was traveling at an excessive rate of speed for the conditions and not watching the road in front of him. Despite his high speed, and the presence of many businesses and motorists on and near the stretch of U.S. 231, Defendant Risner took his eyes off the road and looked down at the floorboard of his truck.”

Risner then hit the back of the garbage truck, and Dickey was thrown off. He was rushed to Marshall Medical Center North in Guntersville were he was pronounced dead. Risner was not injured.

Tandalyn T. Dickey filed the complaint in Cullman County Circuit Court on behalf of herself and the couple’s minor children, who are ages 12 and 6. Through her attorney, Michael Beard with Marsh, Rickard and Bryan of Birmingham, she requested a jury trial.

John Field, chief financial officer with Largo, Fla.-based ConServ Building Services, Inc., declined to comment on the lawsuit Monday.

Read more in Tuesday’s edition.

* Tiffeny Owens can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 135.

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