TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - The family of a 19-year-old man who was killed in an accident in Tallahassee has filed a lawsuit against the company of the driver who hit him.
In November 2014, 19-year-old Anthony Branca was riding his motorcycle on Old Bainbridge Road when he was fatally hit by a Comcast van. According to police, he was sent to the hospital with critical injuries, but died shortly after.
Branca's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver, Jeffery Massey, saying that Comcast did not provide adequate training or supervision and continued to allow him to drive a company vehicle even after receiving a speeding ticket two months earlier for going 70 in a 45 MPH zone. The family is seeking 20 million dollars in damages from Comcast.
His family is also saying that Comcast's practice of paying customers $20 when a technician is late for an appointment promotes dangerous driving.
The family's attorney released the following statement regarding the case this afternoon:
"Ten million dollars per parent for the loss of their precious child is perfectly reasonable, especially when you consider that the CEO of Comcast pocketed forty million dollars just last year alone. This company can afford to step up and do the right thing for these grieving parents."
In a statement released by Comcast, the company said that "this is a tragic loss and our hearts go out to the Branca family. Since this is an on going litigation, we can not comment any further."