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Personal Injury Lawsuit Involving Mother and Two Young Daughters Headed for Mediation

Monday, May, 20, 2013


The family involved in a wreck that occurred January 2012 south of Buellton, California will be entering mediation over a personal injury lawsuit.  Kelli Groves, the driver of the vehicle at the time the wreck occurred, filed a lawsuit against R and R Auto Wrecking Inc., the trucking company to which the at-fault driver was employed.  As a result of the accident, Groves and her family were left dangling in their car off the side of the bridge; the driver of the truck, Charles Allison Jr., 48, of Grover Beach, died when the truck he was driving plunged off the bridge and hit the creek bed below.

Ms. Groves filed the lawsuit in the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court, which later told the parties to attempt to resolve the case in mediation.  If mediation is not successful, the case will be reopened in the court on December 2.  Ms. Groves is seeking compensation for personal injuries, medical expenses, emotional distress and court costs. 

At the time of the accident, Ms. Groves was in the car with daughters, 10-year-old daughter Sage and 11-week-old Mylo.  The truck driven by Allison Jr. pushed Ms. Groves’ BMW, which was traveling northbound, through the guard rail.  Luckily, a group of Navy Seabees were stuck in the traffic of the southbound lane and were able to assist in keeping Ms. Groves’ car from falling off the bridge while Ms. Groves and her daughters were trapped inside.  After being rescued from the dangling car, Ms. Groves and her eldest daughter were both airlifted from the scene of the accident due to serious injuries. 

Toxicology reports also reveal the Allison Jr. had methamphetamine and amphetamine in his system.