Woman Who Lost Both Legs In Accident Suing Ups For Damages

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A woman who lost both of her legs after being struck by a UPS semi-truck more than three years ago is suing the company for damages.

Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill set a March 6 trial date for Karen Allred, of Maricopa County, who had both legs amputated after a UPS tractor-trailer, driven by Kenneth Harris, of Show Low, hit her near the intersection of Highways 87 and 260 at milepost 250.8 on South Beeline Highway.

Allred was walking on the southbound shoulder of Highway 87 Oct. 24, 2008 when the suit says Harris reportedly drove a UPS tractor-trailer to the extreme right side of the highway. This caused the attachments on the tractor to slice through the shoulder area, wrote Allred’s attorney Thomas McGovern in a complaint filed with the court. McGovern alleges Harris was speeding at the time and driving inattentively. Furthermore, he says Harris was accelerating when he hit Allred.

Allred was struck, knocked down and dragged by the trailer’s rear wheels, crushing her legs, according to the complaint.

A helicopter airlifted Allred from the scene and she underwent emergency amputation of both legs.

Harris reportedly later said he saw movement off to the side of the road, but never saw Allred, according to the complaint.

A UPS spokesperson said “the facts about this unfortunate incident will be presented” at trial.

Allred is asking for future and past lost income, economic damages, medical costs, attorney fees and general damages proven at trial. Her attorney would not disclose the dollar amount being sought. The trial starts March 6 in Globe at 9:30 a.m.

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