Employer sued for millions in fatal crash

Construction company should have known driver was risk: Relatives
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/15/2009

A Calgary construction company is being sued by the families of five people who were killed by one of its truck drivers.

On Dec. 7, 2007, Daniel Tschetter, 51, a truck driver for C&J Construction, drove his cement truck into the back of a car stopped at a red light. The accident killed five people in the car, including three children aged nine, six and one. Witnesses said Tschetter had been driving recklessly for several kilometres before the crash, including passing a tanker truck on the left shoulder of the road, causing other drivers to get out of the way. In his trial, Tschetter admitted he had been angry and frustrated over delays at the construction site from which he was returning that day.

After Tschetter was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to six years in jail, the surviving parents of the children killed filed a civil lawsuit against both Tschetter and C&J Construction for more than $3.5 million.