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Lawsuit filed in deadly I-65 crash that killed 6

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The scene of the accident as seen from Air 3. The scene of the accident as seen from Air 3.
The burned SUV the victims were in. The burned SUV the victims were in.
Ron Hillerich Ron Hillerich
Tad Thomas Tad Thomas

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The family of the victims killed in a car crash in Elizabethtown after being rear-ended by a tractor trailer are suing the driver and his company for negligence for crashing into their family and taking their lives.

"He was driving too many hours," said Ron Hillerich, who is assisting in representing the family. "They had him driving 88 hours in an eight day period which is about 18 hours over the legal limit."

"There's a reason for safety regulations, such as the hours of service regulations," said Tad Thomas, who is also representing the family, "and to willfully ignore those and to lie about it obviously the family wants justice for that."

On March 2, eight people from Wisconsin were riding in the 1999 Ford Expedition when the tractor trailer smashed into the SUV, pushing it into a third vehicle. The Expedition ignited immediately killing six of the eight people inside - James and Barbara Gollnow, both 62, Marion Champnoise, 93, the Gollnow's daughter, Sarina, 18, and two foster children, Soledad Smith, 8, and Gabriel Zumiga, 10.

Thomas said James and Barbara Gollnow were saints by any stretch of the imagination. Of the eight in the SUV, four were foster children the Gollnows were caring for and Champnoise, someone else they took in.

The lawsuit against Ibrahim Fetic, the driver, and his company, Highway Star, Inc., claims gross negligence.

"He [Fetic] had two log books," said Thomas. "One that had the 88 hours and one that he falsified that he turned into the federal government." 

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