Fallen Officer's Family Sues Lucas Oil Over Tragic Death at 2015 San Angelo Drag Boat Races
SAN ANGELO, TEXAS — This past weekend, San Angelo witnessed another successful Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series. But memories of the races, called The Showdown in San Angelo, each year has been a bit somber for the family, friends, and many in the San Angelo community because of a fatal crash that killed Sgt. Korby Kennedy, the head of the SAPD Traffic Division, during a Showdown event two years ago.
On June 25, 2015, motorcycle police patrolmen were escorting a parade of racing boats headed northeast on Knickerbocker Road. During the parade, a female driver, Cynthia Quigley, was waiting in her Nissan Rogue in a private drive on the south side of Knickerbocker Road to turn left, between Parkview and Johnson Street. As she waited for the parade to pass her, Larry Netherland, who was driving a truck towing a boat and trailer on behalf of Marty Logan and his various companies, motioned to Quigley to make a left turn. As Quigley entered Knickerbocker Road, and began to turn left, she pulled into the pathway of Sgt. Kennedy who was on a police motorcycle racing ahead, next to the line of speedboats, to the next intersection. The two collided and Kennedy ultimately died from his injuries.
Above: A motorcycle police officer was killed on Knickerbocker Road on June 25, 2015. (LIVE! Photo/John Basquez)
The family of Kennedy, his wife and two daughters, filed a lawsuit against Netherland, Quigley, and Marty Logan and his company so that the involved insurance companies can be forced by the court to pay the money the Kennedy estate believes it owes them. Under Texas law, an injured party can not directly file a lawsuit against an insurance company when the family of a person has been killed by the proven or admitted negligence of the insured. According to court documents, the involved insurance companies claimed they would settle out of court, but all companies have refused to make contact.
In court documents, Kennedy’s wife is suing all three parties for monetary relief of at least $1,000,000.00 for the damages, pain, suffering, and mental anguish suffered since the fatal accident.
The lawsuit reads that negligent disregard of Netherland consisted of the following:
Netherland failed to keep a proper lookout for Sgt. Kennedy
Netherland directed Quigley to drive in between vehicles during a parade
Netherland failed to warn Sgt. Kennedy that he had motioned for another motorists to obstruct the police’s path of travel.
In regards to Quigley, the lawsuit states that the negligent disregard of Quigley consisted of the following:
Quigley followed the instruction of Netherland, thereby driving her vehicle into the path of Sgt. Kennedy.
The family of Sgt. Kennedy is also filing the lawsuit against Marty Logan and Thomas M. Logan who are both members of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series, and Marty Logan’s House of Colour, Inc., Promod 881, LLC., Lucas Oil Products, Inc., I-10 Promotions, Inc., and the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series.
Above: The Lucas drag boat races have continued. These are two boats lining up to race at the 2017 Showdown in San Angelo. (LIVE! photo/Joe Hyde)
“The Logan Defendants, Lucas Oil and I-10 Race Promotions were in exclusive control in all aspects from the time Defendant Netherland and the pickup and boat left Lake Nasworthy until the time the pickup and boat reached the Show and Shine Event at the Twin Peaks Restaurant located on Knickerbocker Rd.,” legal documents read. Furthermore, the court documents claim that the Logans and their respective companies were negligent in failing to stop their agent, Netherland, from engaging in negligent behavior that caused the life of Sgt. Kennedy.
The parade of drag boats were being towed from the Lake Nasworthy race location to Twin Peaks Restaurant's parking lot that day. The racing teams were to have photo ops and a meet-and-greet session with fans upon arrival. The event was canceled after the crash.
The Kennedy family has requested a trial by jury at the time of filing their original petition.