A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) dump truck was involved in a crash that killed a woman from Washington state on US 11/15 in Watts Township, Perry County, Pennsylvania on August 2, 2011. Reports say that that Parke Hoover was driving a PennDOT-owned truck and driving north on the Amity Hall on ramp when he began to attempt a U-turn after entering the right travel lane when he impacted the passenger side of a 2001 Ford Crown Victoria, causing it to spin.
Hui Satorius of Washington State was one of four people in the vehicle and died. Also, a young girl sustained apparent serious injuries and was flown via medical helicopter to Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. According to reports, all involved were wearing seat belts and the children were restrained in booster seats.
Assuming the PENNDOT driver is liable for the crash, the Commonwealth would be subject to liability under the pennsylvania Sovereign Immunity Act. For more information on the Pennsylvania Act feel free to contact an attorney at SchmidtKramer. Many times the Commonwealth is subject to liability as an exception to Pennsylvania’s Sovereign Immunity Act. Operation of a vehicle is one such exception.