UofL hospital sued for releasing suicidal man who caused fatal crash

Steven Haworth (source: family photo)
Steven Haworth (source: family photo)

Posted by Mike Dever - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The family of a man killed in a car crash in March of 2010 has filed a lawsuit against University Hospital, saying it was negligent in releasing 40-year-old Troy Anderson who was in a suicidal state when he caused the crash that killed 57-year-old Steven Haworth.

A police report indicates that Anderson, a chiropractor who practiced in Jeffersontown, had been involuntarily admitted to University Hospital days before the crash because he was suicidal, and that his mother had called police to his office because he was trying to stab himself in the neck with a pen.

Police say Anderson's mother told them he wanted to kill himself because of his ex-girlfriend.

Police struggled with Anderson when trying to take him into custody and had to use a taser on him to get him under control. He was taken to University Hospital, but released three days later on March 5.

Maj. Chuck Adams with the Clark County Sheriff's Office says Anderson was driving on Indiana 160 and Hansberry Road in Charlestown just hours after he was released on March 5 when he crossed the center line and slammed head-on into Haworth's Ford Explorer.

Both men were killed in the crash.

Haworth was a church elder and well known in the community for his time on the volunteer fire department.

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