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Family of pedestrian files suit against driver
AFTER DEATH ON INTERSTATE 29

8-8-18

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark reporter

The family of a pedestrian who was struck and killed by a vehicle on Interstate 29 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver.

According to court documents, Dale C. Haywood, 39, of Jackson County attempted to cross Interstate 29 just south of the Barry Road exit at 8:57 p.m. on Nov. 30, 2017.

Haywood was struck in the southbound lanes by a 2015 GMC Acadia driven by James Linkey of Parkville.

According to the lawsuit, Haywood suffered a blunt force trauma and died from his injuries.

The lawsuit, filed by Dal'Shaonn Haywood, 24, and Minzola Johnson, 56, alleges Linkey acted negligently, carelessly and breached his duty of care to the decedent.

The lawsuit claims Haywood died “as a direct and proximate result of the negligence and carelessness.”

The lawsuit contends the decedent was conscious after the incident and suffered in pain prior to his death.

His family is seeking upwards of $50,000 for costs incurred for medical expenses, funeral and burial, “and any further relief the court deems just and proper.”