Family of Woman Killed by Monster Truck Sues

By Frank Heinz
|  Thursday, Apr 14, 2011  |  Updated 3:02 PM CDT
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A young woman was crushed to death by the tires of a monster truck outside a strip club in northwest <a title=Dallas. Police said the driver never knew he hit her." />

Grant Stinchfield, NBCDFW.com

A young woman was crushed to death by the tires of a monster truck outside a strip club in northwest Dallas. Police said the driver never knew he hit her.

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The family of Kasey McKenzie is suing both the Spearmint Rhino and the driver of the truck who police say ran over and killed the woman in the gentleman's club's parking lot during the early-morning hours of March 17.

McKenzie, a 23-year-old graduate of Granbury High School and the University of North Texas, had been out at the club with friends and was walking to her car in the parking lot when she was struck and killed by the driver of a monster truck with an elaborate lift kit.

"Kasey's parents have gone through a terrible ordeal that few families can imagine," said Michael Schmidt, the family's attorney. "Their daughter's entire life was taken away in an instant because a strip bar wanted to sell as many drinks as possible and because someone decided to get behind the wheel when he obviously had been served far too many drinks."

The family's legal team said they've collected evidence that indicates the truck's driver, 27-year-old Eric Brent Crutchfield, was served numerous alcoholic drinks by employees of the club.  Crutchfield told police he had five cocktails in the bar, but his blood alcohol content was greater than .08 according to the lawsuit filed.

Crutchfield said he never saw McKenzie and didn't know he had struck anyone.  The police acknolwedged that the sheer size of the truck and it's dark-colored windows may have limited visibility.

The lawsuit, which alleges negligence, is filed in the 101st District Court in Dallas, and includes both Crutchfield and the Spearmint Rhino's affiliated companies as defendants. McKenzie's family is requesting a jury trial, according to the Schmidt firm, and is seeking the maximum amount of compensation allowed by law.

Crutchfield was arrested and has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.  He is currently free after posting bail.

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