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Lawsuit filed in case of Hillsborough boy killed by unmanned dump truck

Posted February 6
Updated February 7

— The family of a 5-year-old Hillsborough boy who was struck and killed by a truck that rolled away from a construction site on Dec. 26 filed a lawsuit Monday in Orange County Superior Court against the companies involved in the building project.

Everett Copeland was playing outside with three other children when he was struck and killed by the truck, which rolled unmanned away from a construction site at the top of a hill on Dogwood Bloom Lane in the Forest Ridge subdivision.

The truck had been left unattended and running in neutral with the brake not properly set while parked on a steep slope as it was being loaded with dirt, the suit says. According to the suit, worker Alejandro Suarez had no experience in operating trucks and did not have a driver’s license.

Suarez, 28, of Harnett County, was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and has been in the Orange County jail since his arrest. He could face deportation because he is in the United States illegally, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and has two previous moving violations.

Hillsborough police said Suarez was working for Kala Contracting, based in Apex, at the time of the incident.

“This man was unqualified and untrained to safely operate this truck, and his employers knew that and should never have allowed an unoccupied truck to be loaded so unsafely,” said David Kirby, a lawyer for the Copeland family. “This was an entirely preventable tragedy.”

The suit names Suarez, Kala Contracting and Amward Homes of N.C., the general contractor for the project and owner of the property, among its defendants.

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  • Mark Hayes Feb 7, 9:23 a.m.
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    Where are the protesters ? Should there not be cars on fire, storefront windows being broken, wait, that is what those pro illegal immigrant advocates do, those opposed just comment , that is why liberals will get their way on this matter, sanctuary cities will turn into sanctuary states.

  • Tim Blanchard Feb 7, 8:48 a.m.
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    Liberals own this. This is what liberalism wants by allowing illegals to come here and be protected by sanctuary cities and states. And this is what Trump is trying to get rid of. This individual should have been long gone when he got his 1st DUI but it seems that noone in govt cares about protecting US citizens and look what happens. And it happens alot in this country and the media does not report it.

  • John White Feb 6, 9:07 p.m.
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    Go after all those companies and take every last cent. Until there are severe financial loss enough to put a company out of business this won't stop. Once companies are put out of business for doing this they will stop that is for sure. So long as there are no penalties they will keep doing what they do hire illegals. What the hell sometimes I think I live in another country I go to the store and 1.2 the people are not speaking English anymore. It is just so ridiculous.

  • James Mcintyre Feb 6, 8:50 p.m.
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    We have illegal here because company that we give Tax credit to hire them.stop the company because they are the real ones that cause the child death.

  • Walter Greene Feb 6, 6:43 p.m.
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    I hope they impose severe penalties on the company that hired this illegal and allowed him to operate this heavy equipment without a license, obviously without training, and with a record of moving violations. I made a note of the company name, and I certainly will never give them any of my business.

  • Mark Hayes Feb 6, 6:26 p.m.
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    Has two previous moving violation, here in this country illegally, seems that the government should be in some way be held responsible, why was he not locked up when he received the citations for the moving violations, this is wrong, the family should not have to been subjected to this tragic happening. Don't need a wall, need illegal immigration enforcement.