Several lawsuits have been filed against the city-parish of Baton Rouge for road conditions that caused a fatal car accident. On March 5, 2006 two men were killed and a woman suffered serious injuries. The accident happened on Sullivan Road near Sparkle Road.
The Cantys’ lawsuit maintains the passenger side tires of Canty’s car went off the road because of “defective conditions and (road) design.” When Lamar Canty tried to regain control, the lawsuit says, he overcorrected and drove into the path of Harris’ 2000 Nissan Altima.
The Cantys’ lawsuit names the city-parish, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and city of Central as defendants. Harris’ lawsuit names the city-parish and the DOTD as defendants.
There is a question about whether the Cantys’ lawsuit was filed on time. In Louisiana, lawsuits generally must be filed within a year of an incident.
Initial paper work was filed on time, but a hard copy and fees were not presented until after the deadline. There has been a previous fatal accident at the same spot.