Four of the families of the victims
who died in the Thompson plane crash about seven months ago have filed
In February a small, private jet hit a
utility pole and crashed. All five passengers were killed and the two pilots
The victims all worked for the Vein
Guys and they were returning from surgery practice in Tennessee.
Now all but one of the families has
filed civil suits.
The families of Lisa Volpitto, Heidi
McCorkle, Tiffany Porter and Kim Davidson filed lawsuits that claim their
deaths could have been avoided if it wasn't for the negligence of a dozen
The Davidson, Porter and McCorkle
families are suing pilots Richard Trammell and Jeremy Hayden and the group that
owned the plane, Pavilion Group Llc.
According to lawsuits obtained by
Fox54, the pilots were "impaired, or unqualified."
The lawsuits say the Pavilion Group
and one of the victims of the crash, Dr. Steven Roth, who employed the other
victims, allowed the "inadequately trained" pilots to operate the
Mary Roth, Steven's widow, is named as
a defendant as the executor of his estate.
The four families are suing Southern
Company Services and Georgia Power Company because they built the 60 foot
utility pole that the NTSB says tore off the wing of the plane before it
Milliken and Company is named as a
defendant because they allowed the power pole to go up on their property.
The city of Thomson and McDuffie
County are being sued because they own the airport. According to the lawsuits,
they were supposed to keep structures from being built that could interfere
Spirit Aviation Inc., which operates
the airport, and the airport itself are also being sued because the lawsuits
claim they were responsible for fixing issues that could affect the safety of
The Sky's The Limit Inc. employed the
pilots and they're a defendant in the case because the lawsuit says they were
responsible for safe operation of the plane.
None of the defendants or lawyers are
commenting on the lawsuits yet but Davidson's lawyer says he's never seen a
case where so many people are responsible.
The victim's families don't want to
talk about the litigation; but Volpitto's son Scott says at the very least
finding out the exact cause of the crash will be helpful for their family.
The victims' families aren't saying if
they're working together but there are several things that point to a group
All the lawsuits were filed the same
day in Fulton County and all of them requested a jury trial.
Two of the families, the Porters and
McCorkles, have the same lawyer.