365备用网址APPClaire Zisserson's parents are suing over their daughter's wrongful death.
365备用网址APPPLYMOUTH — The parents of a 13-year-old girl who was killed in a December car crash are suing the driver and the company he worked for in her wrongful death.
Elizabeth and Kenneth Zisserson, parents of Claire Zisserson, filed a lawsuit Friday in Plymouth Superior Court against 31-year-old Gregory Goodsell, of Marshfield, Hi-Way Safety Systems — the company that owned the car he was driving — and its two owners.
Police say Goodsell left a company party after drinking and using cocaine when he caused a crash that killed Zisserson and severely injured her mother Elizabeth Zisserson, 50, and Kendall Zemotel, 13. The three were riding in an SUV on Dec. 29 when police say Goodsell hit them with his pickup truck.
365备用网址APPAccording to an 11-count complaint filed in Plymouth, the trio was headed New Hampshire to go snowboarding when they were hit. Zemotel's parents filed a similar lawsuit on Jan. 27.
365备用网址APPProsecutors say Goodsell was drunk and speeding when he ran a red light at Church and Union streets in Pembroke and crashed into the SUV just before 7 a.m. Dec. 29. When police arrived, officers said Goodsell told them that he'd had beer and whisky and used cocaine at a company Christmas party before getting behind the wheel of the company's truck.
In January, a judge ordered Goodsell held without bail after deeming him a potential threat to the public. He was charged with manslaughter in the crash and had a history of infractions, according to his Registry of Motor Vehicles driving record.
Witnesses told police that Hi-Way Safety Systems owner Kenneth Horn and his wife Kathy DeLong hosted a party in the pool house of their Farmside Road home in Pembroke which included alcohol and cocaine use. The party ended after a fight broke out in the early-morning hours, according to court records obtained by The Patriot Ledger. Horn and DeLong are both named as defendants in the Zisserson lawsuit.
According to the complaint, filed by Providence attorney Michael Quinn Jr., the crash severely and permanently injured Elizabeth Zisserson and rendered her "impaired and disabled." She is suing for both her own injuries and as the representative of her daughter's estate.
365备用网址APPAccording to the complaint, Horn and DeLong allowed employees to be served alcohol at their party, first at the Knights of Columbus facility in Pembroke and then at their house on Farmside Road. Goodsell was negligently hired and supervised, and the company should have known he was not "competent or fit" for his job, which included driving, because of his driving record, alcohol abuse, previous unauthorized use of a company vehicle and alcohol abuse while driving company-owned cars, the complaint says.
365备用网址APPThe lawsuit was also filed against an unknown person — referred to as John Doe — who allegedly served alcohol to a visibly drunk Goodsell. An unknown company, called the ABC Corporation in the lawsuit, is also being sued for the "negligence and careless actions" of its unknown employees who served alcohol to Goodsell.
The lawsuit does not state how much money is being sought, but it does list a demand for a jury trial.
Hi-Way Safety Systems, a road sign and marking company, released a statement in January saying Goodsell violated company policies and was not supposed to be using the truck. It did not respond to a request for comment.
Another employee, Francis Paiva III, 36, of Halifax, was also arrested on a drunken-driving charge in Hanover after leaving the High-Way Safety Systems party. Joseph Amaral, a 41-year-old employee, was found unresponsive at a Comfort Inn in Rockland after the party and was later pronounced dead.