A Kalispell girl charged with two counts of deliberate homicide after police say she attempted suicide by driving her car into oncoming traffic has filed a lawsuit against the estate of the woman who died.
The lawsuit filed in Flathead County District Court names the estate of 35-year-old Erin Thompson of Columbia Falls as well as the construction company that built the U.S. 93 overpass at Church Drive where the collision took place near Kalispell on March 19, 2009. The girl is seeking unspecified damages.
The girl and her father filed the lawsuit on July 15 contending Thompson, four months pregnant, caused the crash. Her 13-year-old son, Caden Odell, also died.
Thompson’s husband, Jason Thompson, is listed in the lawsuit as the representative of the estate.
Also named in the lawsuit are Knife River Corp., Western Traffic Control Inc. and Mountain West Holding Co.
Police say the girl was traveling southbound when she crossed the centerline at a speed of 85 mph.
Investigators believe the girl was trying to commit suicide after arguing with her boyfriend earlier in the day. Shortly before the crash, authorities say, she sent him several text messages, including one that said, “Good bye … My last words …” and one that said, “If I won. I would have you. And I wouldn’t crash my car.”
But self-employed engineer, Scott A. Curry, testified at a preliminary hearing as a defense witness that there was no evidence the girl’s car was in the northbound lane.
According to the lawsuit, the girl suffered permanent injuries, along with mental pain and suffering, and cites loss of income along with past, present and future medical expenses.
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